JEAN-PHILIPPE PITER PHOTOGRAPHER
Jean-Philippe Piter was born in Dakar in 1968. At the age of 16 Jean-Philippe left Sénégal and moved to France to study photography. After completing his studies Jean-Philippe served as an assistant to some of the biggest names in the photography industry such as Michel Comte, Dominique Isserman, Jacques Dirand and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Soon after, Jean-Philippe was being sought out by various fashion and home decor magazines such as AD, Citizen K, Vanity Fair, W, Marie Claire Maison, Vogue UK and The World of Interior. He was hired to photograph major advertising campaigns for companies like Thomson, France Telecom and Google. Known for black and white portraits that are uncomplicated and sensitive, Jean-Philippe's lens has seduced celebrities like Gérard Depardieu, Peter Gabriel, Brian Ferry and Nicole Kidman. In 1997 Jean-Philippe moved to the caribbean island of St. Barthélemy. It is on this island that he published a magazine of which he is the founder, creative director and feature photographer. "Pure" showcases his work every year and the magazines name sums up his personal attitude about his publication.