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George Pitts

Faculty / George Pitts, Director of Photographic Practices


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An award-winning photography director, painter, and essayist and a renowned educator, George Pitts’ work spans the fine art, commercial, and fashion worlds. Pitts has been a Parsons faculty member since 1998.

In addition to teaching at Parsons, Pitts has held a number of prominent positions, including director of photography at Vibe magazine, where he received three National Magazine Award nominations for Best Photography. Of his work at Vibe he says, “It was an important job because it brought unprecedented visibility to my contributions as a photo editor. We endeavored to bring sophisticated and authentic visual approaches to the documentation of African American culture that would also have broad appeal for all Americans and readers throughout the world.”

Whether teaching, photo editing, writing, or making images, Pitts consistently demonstrates a keen aesthetic sense and the ability to work graciously with people of all backgrounds.

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