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SENZA CONFINI The 2017 Epson Calendar
I'm proud to be the author for the 2017 Epson Calendar. Here is my presentation:
When I started taking photos, in the eighties, I was drawn to landscapes, to geographical photography. Ansel Adams, Mario Giacomelli and Ernst Haas were my main sources of inspiration. Ten years later, my work was so precisely focused that the editor-in-chief of Atlante characterized my photos as ‘the aestheticized aftermath of an N-bomb’, so devoid were they of any trace of human beings. But then in the mid-nineties I set off on the path of reportage and had to come to terms with a subject that demanded a certain personal maturity: people. So I was quite surprised ten years later when the editor of another newspaper admitted that he had not chosen me for a landscape project because I was ‘just a photographer of people who had never done a pure landscape’. What a radical change in the perception of my work! In geographical reportage, people and the environment actually go hand in hand. Now the Epson Calendar project gives me the opportunity to go back and rummage through my archive with a fresh view and all the passions of my past. In ‘Senza Confini’ (Without Boundaries), the landscapes, created by fusing multiple images or shot using the panoramic format of the Hasselblad XPan, focus on extreme geographical areas exposed to the full power of the elements where people have played only a marginal role. They indeed mark the edges of the anthropic world, with horizons leading to an elsewhere and skies that reveal our impotence before the ineffability of the infinite.
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