focus Fashion world’s favourite and global photography superstar, John-Paul Pietrus, on living life in colour…
By the time he had reached adulthood, artist and photographer John-Paul Pietrus’ life had already spanned three continents and four countries. Born in the Philippines, of Filipino-Polish-American heritage, John-Paul was raised in the United States before relocating to Hong Kong and then to London, from where he often commutes to China. A self-proclaimed global citizen, his work has featured in some of the world’s most high-profile galleries, exhibition spaces and magazines. Fine art isn’t a family trait: when pressed on where his career began, Pietrus believes that it just chose him. “Growing up I came into contact with creative people from all sorts of backgrounds who inspired me to find my own niche. It never occurred to me to do anything else.” As a student at the acclaimed Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Pietrus honed his fine art skills, using photography and image74
making as the basis for a career as a photographer and film maker. With the commercial world far from his thoughts, Pietrus’ career took a sideways curve after graduation, when he was picked up by MTV and a news magazine. After working for some time as a daily news photographer, he moved across to fashion, a shift that eventually brought him to London for editorial and commercial assignments, art commissions, and filmmaking. Today he is a well-known fashion photographer whose images are characterised by vibrant and dynamic compositions that are emblematic of the creative energy of the industry, and which also hark back to his fine arts roots. He readily admits that he loves to photograph fashion and people, to capture personality and the creativity that goes into the creation of the looks that we see played out on the catwalk and in our magazines and newspapers. Establishing itself in recent years as a collectible art form,
fashion photography has created some of the most iconic images and historical referencing of the last 100 years. Pietrus recently signed an exclusive international contract with Modern Art Etc Gallery in Los Angeles, which represents his archival limited edition fine art prints of Fashion in Landscape. A great observer of life, Pietrus likes to photograph “pretty much everything”. It’s an art form that brings enormous pleasure as well as career recognition. His work has been exhibited internationally at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MoMA PS1 in New York, CAFA in Beijing, Stazione Leopolda in Florence, and The Study Gallery [now KUBE] in Poole. His commercial clients have included Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Lancel and Adidas, and he is regularly published in international editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Elle, Esquire and 7th Man magazine, where he holds the position of Editor-at-Large.
Published on Apr 24, 2015
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