Pierre Gonnord lives and works in Madrid. A resident in Spain since 1988, after having studied economics, he has been professionally devoting himself to photography since 1999. The central core of his work consists in large-scale portraits, mostly on black backgrounds, which reference the classicism of seventeenth-century naturalistic painters, sometimes with certain notes of religious imagery. His series include anonymous solitary characters far removed from stereotypical beauty who belong to marginal or minority groups, such as gypsies, the Japanese mafia and immigrants, etc.
His works are mostly divided up into thematic groups, many of them dedicated to the underprivileged. However, his characters are not represented because they belong to a specific group, rather his choice corresponds to certain physical characteristics and a capacity for psychological transmission and transcending icons.