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IntroductionCULTURES OF THE WORLD
Christopher Pillitz has seen the world. His reportage and finely wrought image series have been produced in over seventy countries and are published in the globe’s largest magazines. With his eight monographs and numerous international exhibitions, Pillitz counts among the last decades’ most renowned photo journalists.
The experienced photographer travels in order to explore the manifestations of the world’s cultures. A strong sense of empathy defines his travel images, as does a deep understanding of the grace of foreign peoples, whom he consciously and harmoniously depicts in their local landscapes. Pillitz hopes to portray Asians’ nearness to the elements, particularly to water; he accomplishes this in his haunting documentary color photographs, which, however, exceed the boundaries of pure representation. Thus the works become an atmospherically dense allegory of a life pervaded by the wisdom of the Far East.
But Pillitz is not only an attentive observer of the world; he is also a master of staged photography. He feels particularly connected to the culture of his homeland. The Argentinean calls his picture story from Buenos Aires The Spirit of Tango.
He sets his stage in a neighborhood of charm and character. The lively actors have well-known names: ballerina Barbara Bertone and dance Oscar Velazquez classically court one another, while a perfectly polished 1948 Alfa Romeo Freccia D’Oro serves as the classy backdrop to the amorous game. The journey into a lost era of romantically danced gestures is captured in stylish black-and-white, full of contrasts. Such a choice emphasizes the structures of the historical building, and the reflections on the classy car and gives them a singularity in the vivacious composition.
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1958 born in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1978 arrives in London, UK 1978-1982 Hotel Management Degree at London’s Claridge’s and Ritz Hotels as a trainee as well as Basel’s Banhof kitchens since 1983 switches career to embrace photography attempts to get an assisting job in a photo studio with no success, thus begins a life of travel and working for a broad range of editorial and commercial clients, including magazines such as: The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Observer, GEO, STERN, TIME, The Smithsonian, LIFE, The New York Times, amongst others, as well as commercial (Corporate and Advertising) clients such as Bulmers, Glenlivet, Alessi, Philip Morris, Poaroid, Cafedirect, Syngenta 1990 project entitled “Brazil Incarnate”, a 5 year photographic study of Brazilian sexuality and body culture since 1990 working for Germany’s GEO magazine, crossing South America (2001-2002), the Philippines, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Tibet, and many others 2001-2005 helped create the visual identity of the Avina Foundation which is dedicated to supporting and promoting sustainable development and corporate social responsibility across Latin America 2006-2008 working on three large format travel and architectural books in which he journeyed across China and India, completing the trio with an intimate look, both architectural and people based, on the inner workings of the Vatican lives in Teddington, UKAwards
2003 Photographer of the Year, by the Spanish Magazine and Newspaper editors association, Madrid, Spain 1996 Art directors club award, Germany for Brazil Incarnate 1992/1998 World Press Awards, Amsterdam, NetherlandsExhibitions
2007 Brazil Incarnate, Festival International de la Photo de Mer, Vannes, France 2005 Brazil Incarnate, Tuscany International Photo Festival, Italy 2000 Brazil Incarnate, Visa pour l'image, Perpignan, France, The AOP Gallery London, UK, Warsaw University, Poland, Grazia Nerri Gallery, Milan, Italy 1998 Brazil Incarnate, Terre d'Images, Biarritz, France, and Barcelona, Spain 1993 Positive Lives, the response to HIV (global touring exhibition) 1992 Creating Reality, National Museum of film and Photography, Bradford 1990 Eastern Europe in Revolt. National Museum of film and Photography, Bradford, UK Zelda Cheattle gallery, London, UK