Pierre Gonnord

Born in 1963 in Cholet, France. Lives and works in Madrid. 
  Senen  - 2009 © Pierre Gonnord, Courtesy of Juana Aizpuru gallery

Senen - 2009 © Pierre Gonnord, Courtesy of Juana Aizpuru gallery

Self-taught photographer Pierre Gonnord (1963, Cholet, France) has exhibited his works in Spain, where he has lived since 1988, and internationally, being represented by the Juana de Aizpuru gallery in Madrid. His portraits are held by institutional collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Reina Sofía National Art Museum in Madrid, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the FNAC (Fonds National d'Art Contemporain) in France and the Helsinki Saastamonien.

Pierre Gonnord’s incomparable recent work has grown into a whole lifestyle: he always travels on back roads, looking out for characters who belong to social groups with a strong cultural identity. He engages, lives and works with tribes and clans, but above all with individuals who are remote from our urban landscape in the age of globalisation and therefore doomed to disappear.

His portraits are a powerful and dignified celebration of the nobility of the human condition, inviting us to feel what unites us. Time and again we are amazed to see the points of view of their young people, gypsies and farmers. They are eyewitnesses and protagonists in our modern world, reflecting for us what the photographer refers to as ‘our shared humanity’.

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