The word ‘art’ is very slippery. It really has no importance in relation to one’s work.
I work for the pleasure, for the pleasure of the work, and everything else is a matter for the critics.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo
All photos are accurate. None of them is the truth.
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
A photographed is a secret about a secret. The more it tells, the less you know.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and
imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are experimentation,
one hundred photos out of focus are a style.
A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do — that was one of my favorite things about it,
and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
People say photographs don’t lie, mine do.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
Alejandro Piedra Buena is an international art photographer, born in Mexico, with more than 25 years of experience mainly in Tokyo, Prague, London and New York. Under the trademark, Piedra Buena™ has developed its style as intimate, limited and focused mainly on private collections, museums, galleries, books and philanthropy.
His Vochol work has been used -among other exhibitions- in museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington, the Quai Branly in Paris, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. It was published in the book «ID BOZAR XIII», 2016, in Brussels; in the book “Brutal Beauty. Violence and Contemporary Design” from the Marta Herford museum, 2016, in Germany; and in the book “Vochol, Identidad Mexicana”, 2015, in Mexico.
Three of those images were chosen by Telmex to be shown at Ladatel phonecards Art Series. Simultaneously, some of those images were used at the presentation of the Vochol at The San Diego Museum of Art, at the Autostad in Wolfsburg, Germany; and at the Main Terminal at Denver International Airport.
Similarly, one of his cactus photographs was selected by Exposure project, for the book «Nature Collection» 2015, at the Louvre Museum, Paris. Likewise, three of his nude photographs were chosen by the Museo del Objeto, MODO; for the exhibition «Erotismos, La vida íntima de los objetos» in 2016, in Mexico City; Mexico.
His career has been recognized in media such as radio, television and press. Among others, there are multiple interviews on MVS Radio, W Radio, Radio Fórmula and IMER. On television, interviews for MVS and as a guest on Televisa shows. Also, on international magazines such as the Latin American edition of Architectural Digest, with the article “Alex Piedra Buena. Un Apasionado de las Artes Visuales”. Mexico, October 2013.
Alejandro Piedra Buena was invited by international art photographer Spencer Tunick to pose in companion with 18 thousand naked people in the Record Guiness massive nude photograph, taken at the Mexico City Historic Downtown; June 7, 2007.
His specialty is abstract, architectural, erotic and nude art photography. Although he performs other styles such as product and portrait. His way of work is characterized by the use of NDA (for celebrities, private and public figures), by the rejection of digital manipulation, by the use of natural light and by the privacy and limited exposure. Consequently, he has created workshops on Personal Style and Creativity in photography and Ethics in Nude Photography. He has been Lecturer at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, UNAM; has sold his works exclusively in FujiFilm stores and has achieve join ventures with leading brands. Also, he has been Judge of various photographic contests.
He has photographed VIP mexican personalities such as; Carlos Slim, Carlos Fuentes, Francisco Toledo, The Presidential First Lady, Alfredo Harp Helú, Alejandro Ramírez, Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Manuel Medina Mora, Manuel Arango, Fernando de la Mora, Jorge Vergara, Lila Downs, Eduardo Tricio, Roberto González, Roberto Servitje, Mario Molina, Soumaya Slim, Lorena Ochoa, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Lula Martín del Campo; among others. Also, on confidentiality he has photographed multiple models, celebrities, instagramers, webcamers and the most recognized actresses from adult entertainment.