Juan Carlos Pinto (Zacatecas, 1980), Mexican photographer based in Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan. He studied a BA in Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas and an MA in Spanish Literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; he is certified in Artistic Photography and Digital Imaging by Temple University, Japan campus. In 2011 he moved to Tokyo, Japan. In 2015 he started his photographic activity. He has participated in more than twenty group and solo exhibitions in Japan, Mexico and other countries, such as Meet Up! Exhibition at the Epson Imaging Gallery-EPSITE (Tokyo, 2018), World Art Tokyo at the Tokyo Art Fair 2019 (Tokyo, 2019), The Bunkers at the Morioka Shoten Ginza (Tokyo, 2021) and Sora: el camino de regreso at Alicia Foto&Café (Zacatecas, 2022). To date he has had three photography books published: 光の孤独な軌跡/Los rastros solitarios de la luz/The solitary traces of light (TEXERE, Mexico) Rees' Bunker and The Bunkers (ENYSi, Japan). He has received several awards and recognitions, including the Epson Meet Up! Selection Award of Excellence and Jury Award in 2018 and 2019 respectively (Japan), International Runner Up in the Landscape category of the Head On Awards 2021 (Australia) and Bronze Medal in the Architecture/Cityscapes category of the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2021 (Japan).
In his transition from the world of words to the world of photography, Pinto continues to apply a principle of selection and restriction in his work: what is said is as important as what is not said; what is not present in the photograph is as important as what is. Thus, in his photographic work, he seeks to simplify the selection of space and bring into play a single subject. Rather than the interaction between subjects, he seeks to reflect on the unnoticed interaction of the subjects with their surroundings and the ephemeral passage of light. His intention is that viewers find in his work a reflection of the aesthetic potential of their own everyday life and the world around them.
His influences include the images and narratives of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, the literature of the Latin American Boom and the work of photographers such as Fan Ho, Sam Abell and George Nobechi.