Not Taken

"It may seem strange, but a long time ago I even ended up in jail for not having taken a picture that the judge said I should have taken, although I don’t want to rehash these sad and painful stories."
— Massimo Vitali

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Massimo Vitali

Photographs of a Man

From the point of view of technique and method, Vitali’s photographs have a far away historic precedent that is little known, that of the commercial photographer Eugene. O. Goldbeck, an exception in the panorama of photography popular between the Twenties and Forties where the names Lewis H. Hine, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Margaret Bourke-White and Berenice Abbott dominate uncontested.

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Desdemona Ventroni

Purgatory

I think the people that I photograph are purging their sins and getting something from water and nature. Tomorrow they start working, fighting, having problems again – but at that moment on that day, they’re free.

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Escapism Magazine

Equipment: Gibellini & ALPA

While it is true that the majority of the photographs I take these days are digital, two years ago I had a large format film camera made by Alessandro Gibellini of Gibellini Project, just in case I feel the need to shoot film again.

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Editor

Suddenly

When I realized that after thirty years of photography I still didn’t know who was in front of my lens, I started to follow carefully the work of contemporary photography masters, but then I turned back to the classics of the last century, to the work of pioneers like Atget and Le Gray. Why are their works still so contemporary?

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Dino Messina

Equipment: Deardorff Camera

This is the first in a series of posts about my old and new equipment: cameras, lenses, light meters, platforms... Some of them are not currently in use, but I don’t want to sell them because they have sentimental value. All the equipment finds its place in my studio, in the so-called "gabbia", the "cage" where the negatives are kept sometime together with rogue assistants.

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Editor

First Show in the U.S.

Although the subjects typically become part of an anonymous, teeming mass of humanity, unfortunate individuals captured at less than flattering angles and moments sometimes stand out from the crowd.

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Stephanie Cash

Cultural Extravaganza

“Florence is this mixture of fantastic, very geometric Renaissance buildings, in concert with today’s sellers and Japanese tourists and policemen… that’s something I really like.”

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Nowness

Printing Day – Backstage Chronicle

A day printing at Colorzenith in Milan with my studio assistants. Chronicle from the ordinary life of a photographer.

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Editor

Painters of Modern Life

It was the art historian Heinrich Wölfflin, a contemporary of Léger, who in his 1915 publication Kunstgeschichtliche Grundbegriffe (Principles of Art History) released the quality of painterliness from the artistic genre of painting, defining it instead as a general stylistic category. Since then it has been clear that painterly thinking is not carried out exclusively in oil on canvas.

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Annelie Lütgens