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Logan FotoTalk: WHNPA Pierre Kattar

  • FotoWeek Central @ Nat Geo 1145 17th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 (map)

About the Photographer:

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Pierre Kattar grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ. He attended DePaul University in Chicago, busked the streets of Paris for a year and returned to the States to earn a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with minors in French and Philosophy.

His subject matter focused more on power, gender and race and less on economics and politics. But he really wanted to be a photographer. He just didn't know how to get there.

One fall day, in 1998, Pierre was working as a temp at the Washington Post’s website and, because of some knowledge of HTML, he was soon hired as the web developer for the site’s pioneering multimedia section. That’s where Pierre discovered the art of video storytelling. He was hooked. He learned to shoot, edit and produce video stories and in two years became a full time video journalist. The cinéma verité approach practiced back then at the Post formed a lifelong appreciation for filming as an observer, a fly on the wall.

In 2010, Pierre started his own company as an independent filmmaker. He makes films with hopes of peeling back the layers of prejudice, racism and ignorance. He’s worked as Director, Director of Photography and an editor.