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photographer , Graphic designer

Bernard Pierre Wolff is a photographer, working in 35mm black-and-white, he characterizes himself as a "street photographer."


Bernard Pierre Wolff was born in 1930 in Connérré, France.


Since 1969 Wolff has been a freelance photographer and graphic designer for UNICEF and other United Nations agencies, as well as the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. His work has taken him on extensive travels to developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America on United Nations photo missions. From 1959 to 1968 he worked as art director for the Foreign Policy Association.

His main subjects are "characters in the urban landscape, the marginal, unconventional, outcast or bizarre, the cultural confusion of the streets in the world's great cities: New York, Delhi, Benares, Quito, Rome and the towns of industrialized and developing countries." He makes use of "lines, curves and shadows to emphasize the intrinsic design of socially disorganized subjects. [There is a] strong element of social metaphor."


  • PUBLICATIONS Book: Friends and Friends of Friends, 1978. Periodicals: Zoom, Sept/Oct 1979, June/July 1976 (France); The British Journal of Photography Annual, 1977; Progresso Fotografico, Jan 1977; Modern Photography, Nov 1975.


  • Other Work

    • Genova, Italy, 1978: Il Staglieno

    • Tokyo, Japan, 1981


Henri Langlois

Wolff was assistant to Henri Langlois for five years.

Charles Harbutt

Wolff was assistant to and Charles Harbutt for five years.