John Pinderhughes has been a working photographer for over 40 years. He has worked as a commercial photographer in New York City for more than 35 years; operating his own full service studio for the past 30 years. At the same time he has been honored with a continuous series of shows over that period.
Pinderhughes’ commercial work can best be described as “real people” and “illustration” photography. He numbers major advertising agencies, record companies, magazines and major corporations among his regular clients. Recent projects include Con Edison, Publix Supermarkets, Sony, Verizon, American FamilyInsurance, BMW, ChaseBank and Anheuser-Busch Companies, Canon, Columbia University, Prudential Insurance, American Express …
With multi-faceted interests, Pinderhughes has pursued both a commercial career and one in fine artphotography. His striking images have garnered the recognition of both commercial art directors and gallery / museumcurators, as well as satisfying the interests of their diverse and separate audiences. Pinderhughes’ talent and reputation forexcellence have beenrecognized with many awards; including awards from The Art Director’s Club, Design competitions, The Clio Awards, The CEBA Awards, magazine competitions and others.
Pinderhughes’ fine art photography is not an appendage of his commercial work, but a separate sphere of influence. His images explore variations in pattern, texture, light and line. He has been widely exhibited and is represented in major collections; including The Picker Art Gallery / Colgate University, The Museum Of Modern Art, The Studio Museum In Harlem, and The Detroit Institute of Arts.
Pinderhughes has been the recipient of numerous grants including most recently The Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute where he worked in post Katrina Louisiana.
Pinderhughes has been featured in numerous publications including: Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Photo District News, Reflections In Black: A History of Black Photographers by Deborah Willis; Committed To The Image by The Brooklyn Museum; The Pleasures And Terrors Of Domestic Comfort by Peter Galassi / The Museum Of Modern Art, to name a few.
Pinderhughes in the author of a cookbook, “Family OF The Spirit” (Simon & Schuster, 1990) four children’s books (McClanahan, 1999), “Coming Together” (Hyperion, 2003), a collaboration with author Harriette Cole and has other in the works. Pinderhughes has served on the board of The Advertising Photographer’s Of America. He currently serves on the board of the Long Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has served on the board of Advertising Photographers Of America. He has been a spokesperson for Canon cameras and printers. He has been an adjunct professor of Photography at New York University.