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.
On view through 25th March