Traveling the streets and country lanes of Europe, photographer Pierre Gonnord (born 1963) has spent the last two decades making extraordinary portraits of marginalized individuals. His subjects range from simple farmers and immigrants to monks and circus performers.
A Frenchman living in Spain, Gonnord travels with a studio that gives his images a richness that speaks to a long tradition of portraiture in photography and painting. The works bear the names of the subjects, but no more detail; this has the effect of respecting each sitter’s individuality, rather than using them as representatives of a group.
“Under their skin,” Gonnord says, “my contemporaries narrate unique, remarkable stories about our era. Sometimes hostile, almost always fragile and very often wounded behind the opacity of their masks, they represent specific social realities and sometimes another concept of beauty.”