Stefan Pinto uses intimate portraits of differently bodied LGBT and LGBT-friendly people to produce a brilliant new vision of community. His photography is filled with smoke and mirrors, flashing-hot strobe lights, and fashion focused poses that twist into sublime humanist statements of the sweetest intimacy. Bodies of all shapes and sizes are his canvas. In Smoke and Mirrors, Pinto produces a compelling photographic survey, chronicling a post modern age of multiracial, multicultural and gender-fluid people who inhabit Pinto’s portraiture. His luminous images are filled with tender interactions. His solo portraits intimately connect us with their subjects. This is the artist-photographer’s first solo exhibition and it is a thrilling and auspicious debut.
The people who live in Stefan Pinto’s photographs are in deep conversation and they all have something to say. Like Diane Arbus, Pinto evokes the human condition with a deep love and respect for his subjects. Each person in Pinto’s world is making a statement about affection, desire, and vulnerability. Within his mirrored photo booth and mini sets, Pinto makes his subjects visually compelling. With strobe lights and mirrored reflections he gives us a double look at his subjects that is highly revelatory. He ferrets out their individuality and directs them to reveal who they truly are. Sometimes he anoints them with smoke, other times you might catch Pinto’s own reflection in their portraits.
Artists see with indelible eyes and they are capable of great vision. That’s what Stefan Pinto achieves. His mirrors reflect what Pinto wants us to see. These amazing portraits explore the complexities of human need and the yearnings of us all to be connected. Pinto’s initial foray into this body of work can be seen in a small portfolio published by Out Magazine.
Stefan Pinto plays in the shadows. The after-hours, backstage, secret spaces, and the no-cameras-allowed zones that are the most telling and revealing are his specialty. Pinto can shoot in full sunlight and make us feel as if we are witnessing a private moment.
You might have seen more of Stefan’s work on the Advocate.com site, most notably “The Secret Life of Jase Grimm” and his spectacular Halloweenie photos from this last year.
For more on Stefan follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
– Christopher Harrity, Advocate.com
STEFAN PINTO, self-portrait
WeHo photographer Stefan Pinto’s Smoke + Mirrors exhibit will open Saturday at AC Gallery in Los Angeles
Pinto’s first solo exhibition is supported by Out Magazine and Tom of Finland Foundation. An announcement of the exhibition says it “is filled with flashing-hot strobe lights and fashion focused poses that twist into sublime humanist statements of the sweetest intimacy. Bodies of all shapes and sizes are his canvas. In Smoke + Mirrors, Pinto produces a compelling photographic survey, chronicling a post-modern age of multiracial, multicultural and gender-fluid people who inhabit Pinto’s portraits.”
The exhibit is intended to show “different-bodied LGBT and LGBT-friendly people.” There also will be a seven-image XX Room. Its images, according to the announcement, are mostly “NSFW or for Facebook, but highly intimate, tender that effectively captures the vulnerability of people’s innermost desires in a compelling and gripping moment.”
Pinto is a model as well as a photographer. He began his modeling career in 2005 when he was discovered by a model scout in Miami’s South Beach. As a model, he was involved in shoots with photographers such as David Vance, Michael Stokes, Justin Monroe, Mark Henderson and Rick Day. While modeling, Pinto learned photography from the talent side of the camera and started shooting photographs himself. In 2007 he studied with Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey in Oaxaca, Mexico while on expedition with National Geographic. Later that same year his photography would take him on a ten-day journey through Eastern Europe’s Baltic region. His most recent overseas assignment was in 2016 to France, to photograph one of Boisset Winery’s great estates.
The exhibit is intended to show “different-bodied LGBT and LGBT-friendly people.” There also will be a seven-image XX Room. Its images, according to the announcement, are mostly “NSFW or for Facebook, but highly intimate, tender that effectively captures the vulnerability of people’s innermost desires in a compelling and gripping moment. “
The exhibit runs through March 25. The gallery, also known as Artists Corner, is located at 1546 Highland Ave. near Selma. The opening night event begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. The photos are on view at the gallery from March 5 to 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a closing reception on March 25 from 7 to 10 p.m.
– Henry (Hank) Scott, WEHOville
RSVP to be photographed by Stefan Pinto with an option to purchase an archival pigment print. Clothing optional ONLY in designated photo area.
March 4 - 25, 2017
Monday thru Saturday: 11am to 5pm
Closing Reception: March 25, 2017, 7pm to 10pm
1546 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028 · Map
Phone: 323.464.3900 · E-mail: Gallery@artistscorner.us
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