Piotr Sikora fled Krakow, Poland – then a Communist state – in 1982. He initially settled with his mother in midtown Manhattan, but it was clear, even at age 14, that he was not the type of person to stay in one place for very long. He left home and lived on the streets for several years before finally settling in the culturally rich and diverse Lower East Side of Manhattan. Intrigued by the work of iconic photographers such as Richard Avedon, David LaChapelle, and Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Sikora thought he might find a suitable venue for expressing himself in photography. He picked up his first camera at an East Village flea market, and by pure chance, met another of his idols: photographer, Bruce Weber. Weber advised Sikora to work his way into the business by taking a position as an assistant, and left him with a piece of advice that continues to influence his work today: ”In order to become a great photographer, you need to find out who you are as a human being and show yourself through your photos.”
Sikora threw himself into his new passion. He found photographers to assist through fliers and friends, working nonstop and absorbing every bit of knowledge and skill from each job. Eventually, his dedication paid off and Sikora scored his first solo gig shooting the cover for the debut issue of the London-based culture magazine, True. Since then, Sikora has gone on to serve as the Photographer-In-Chief of Vibe Magazine, and has done countless shoots for major international magazines, record labels and advertising agencies.
In 2001 he expanded his body of work to include moving images. He directed several music videos and commercials for clients both in the U.S. and abroad, including Mos Def, Talib Kwali, Common, Les Nubians and Buena Vista Social Club’s Eliades Ochoa and many others.
As an artist, he has produced two controversial bodies of work, Dolls and Borders. Both have been exhibited around the world, Borders being included in such grand events as the World Expo 2011 in Shanghai & Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games as well as being a part of a permanent collection of the Polish Museum of Ethnography in Warsaw, Poland.
In the spring of 2008 Sikora joined the MTV Networks family as the Sr. Director of Photography for VH1. He now splits his time between VH1 and shooting and directing editorial and commercial work.
Piotr now lives in Brooklyn , NY.