Gueorgui Pinkhassov is a photographer, born in Moscow (Russia) in 1952. He began his interest in photography in his teens, and enrolled at the Moscow Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1969. Following college and two years in the army, he joined the film crew at Mosfilm. Continuing his interest in still photography he became a set photographer at the studio. His work was noticed by the film director Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited Pinkhassov to be unofficial photographer of his film Stalker.
Being awarded independent artist status by the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts in 1978 allowed Pinkhassov far more freedom to travel, allowing him to exhibit his work internationally. In 1979 his work was noticed outside of Russia for the first time, in a group exhibition of Soviet photographers held in Paris. Previously, his work had mainly been seen in a number of Russian magazines, including L’artiste Sovetique.
Pinkhassov moved permanently to Paris in 1985. He joined Magnum Photos in 1988 and become member in 1994. He works regulary for the international press, particularly for Geo, Actuel and the New York Times Magazine. His book, Sightwalk, photographs of Japan, explores individual details, through reflections or particular kinds of light, often approaching abstraction.