Framed: 13 x 19 in.
Ave Pildas was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began his photography career working as a photo stringer for Downbeat Magazine in Ohio Valley. He decide to pursue his love for photography and design, traveling to Switzerland to study graphic design at the Kunstgewerbeschule. Upon returning to the United States he moved to Los Angeles, where he became the Art director of Capital Records in 1971, photographing and designing the album coves for many of their recording artists. After starting there he began following the path of a freelance photographer. His work at this time focused on architectural and corporate photography, as well as documentation of his surrounding landscape: Los Angeles. He has a special affinity for Jazz performances, and creates intimate portraits of never before seen moments in Jazz history of the Midwest. He is currently archiving his work for view. Pildas has taught at the Philadelphia College of Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Art Center College of Design, Ravensborn College of Art, among others and is a current professor at Otis College of Art and Design. His work has been shown at Photographers Gallery, London, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, Gallerie Diaframma, Milan, along with having his work in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Bibliotheca National, Paris, and the university of Arizona. Ave Pildas is currently based out of Santa Monica.
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