Pierre von Kleist Editions is an artist run publisher specialized in photo books. We are committed to the production of new, innovative photo books and we believe the photo book to be a medium capable of expressing complex, abstract, contemporary issues and to reach a wide audience.
We believe that in a multicultural, globalized world the photo book is one of the privileged mediums. The language of sequential images is, perhaps, today’s most international language, understood by the large majority of the world population. Photo books don’t need translation, they need world distribution. Internet provides an efficient, accessible way for books to reach global audiences.
At PVKe we aim to produce books that transcend the documentary quality that is usually associated with the photography medium. We are interested in artistic achievements and in the specific qualities that the medium offers. We want to make books that tell stories and deal with the contemporary way of living.
The photo book is a complex art form that combines photography, graphic design, cinema, literature, etc. Our goal is to push the limits and conventions of the photo book, contributing to establish it as a respected, mature medium.
Pierre von Kleist editions is based in Lisboa, Portugal and is run by André Príncipe and José Pedro Cortes.
André Príncipe (Oporto, 1976). Lives and works in Lisbon. Studied Psychology at Oporto University and graduated from Film school in Lisbon, 2001. Traveled extensively in America, Europe and Asia. Lived in NewYork City and London. At the centre of his artistic practice is the sequence of images. Exhibits regularly since 2004 and have directed many short and feature films. André Príncipe is the founder and co-editor of the artist run photo book publishing house Pierre von Kleist. PVK has worldwide distribution and is a regular presence at book fairs like NYArt Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Tokyo art book fair and Offprint Paris. Has published eight books; Tunnels (Booth-Clibborn editions, London 2005), Master and Everyone (2010), I thought you knew the place where all the elephants lie down (2011), Perfume do Boi (2012), Smell of Tiger precedes Tiger (2012), Tokyo Diaries (w/ Marco Martins, 2014), You´re living for nothing now (2015),
José Pedro Cortes (Porto, 1976). Lives and works in Lisbon. Has a Master of Arts degree in Photography from the Kent Institute of Art and Design (UK), and the Gulbenkin Program of Creativity and Artistic Creation (Photography) diploma. Cortes has exhibited collectively and individually since 2004. He received the European Photo Exhibition Award in 2011 and in 2012 he worked on the project European Eyes on Japan, becoming one of two European photographers invited to produce a work for the Japanese townhall of Toyami.
José Pedro Cortes has published the books: “Silence” (2005), “Things Here and Things Still to Come” (2011) and “COSTA” (2013). Cortes is one of the founders and the co-editors of the artist run photo book publishing house Pierre von Kleist, having published eight books. His work is represented in various public and private collections.