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UNESCO ITALIA Photographers

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OLIVO BARBIERI
(Carpi, 1954)

Among the main exponents of Italian Landscape Photography, Barbieri continuously elaborates his vision of reality in new ways. Barbieri's works, always animated by careful research of light effects that either define or hide shapes and spaces has been emphasized, in recent years by a loss of definition and focus to images where areas almost hinted generate a different relations between who is observing the photo and the object that is being observed. Photography is interpreted not as a tool for representation but as a tool for suggestion. 
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Firenze Centro Storico, 1982

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GABRIELE BASILICO
(Milano, 1944-2013) 

Basilico was an architect who lived and worked in Milan. A protagonist of the new interpretation of the landscape that animated Italian photography in the 80s, Basilico carried out shots of urban environments deliberately without people yet contained the unmistakable signs of history and society that hints to human presence. 

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Trulli di Alberobello, 1996

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GIANNI BERENGO GARDIN
(Santa Margherita Ligure, 1930) 

By growing up inside the Italian post-war neo-realistic culture, Gardin successfully created his characteristic way of capturing the Italian way of life. Through his over one million photos, it is possible to traverse the history of Italian tradition. From architecture to landscape, his images are characterized by perfect shots and by a clear and sharp vision that reminds one of the perspective vision of the optical camera highlighted by the impeccable use of black and white.

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Centro Storico di San Gimignano, 1990

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LUCA CAMPIGOTTO
(Venezia, 1962)

Campigotto has a degree in Modern History and has been dedicated to photography since 1989 choosing landscape and architecture as his primary subjects. His works are shown in museums and collections in Italy as well as abroad. The idea of intervening with slight color changes to highlight details or light effects is a very strong sign of Campigotto as an author and gives the photos a touch of contemporary style.

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Vicenza e le Ville del Palladio, 1994/6

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WILLIAM GUERRIERI
(Modena, 1952) 

Guerrieri lives in Modena and is the author and coordinator of the research project Linea di confine. Since 1991 he has been dedicated to a methodological representation of internal environments of public spaces and he has been working to highlight the identity and memory of architectural spaces. He has participated in many exhibitions in Italy and in Europe.

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Genova: Strade Nuove e Palazzi dei Rolli, 2006

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VITTORE FOSSATI
(Alessandria, 1954) 

Fossati's involvement in photography began in 1977 when he became the manager of a photo gallery. Since then he has participated in many different photographic campaigns of contemporary landscape commissioned by Italian public institutions. Fossati's images are characterized by the quest for equilibrium between shapes and color.

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Dolomiti, 2009

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MIMMO JODICE
(Napoli, 1934) 

Jodice is one of the great names in Italian photography. He lives and works in Naples where he taught photography at the Arts Academy from 1970-96 and where he received a degree Honoris Causa in Architecture from Federico II University. An avant-garde photographer since the 60s, Jodice is a careful observer of the experimentation and expressive possibilities of the photographic language. He researches the relationship between the present and the past in art works and ancient objects. 

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Aree Archeologiche di Pompei Ercolano e Torre Annunziata, 1997

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GIUSEPPE LEONE
(Ragusa, 1936) 

Leone lives and works in the city where he was born. He started to take pictures in the 50s dedicating himself to portraying his native Sicily. Often paired with the works of Siclian writers, Leone's careful and ironic pictures led by a sharp sense of humor are often considered the best illustration to the authors' words. It is said that in Leone's work it is possible to find both the ancient feeling of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the transformations of modernity.

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Agrigento Area Archeologica, Sicily, 1997

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RAFFAELA MARINIELLO
(Napoli, 1961) 

Mariniello started her career as a photographer working for press agencies when she was very young. She then began dedicating her artistic research to the relationship between humans and the objects and places of everyday existence in the years after the 1980 earthquake in Naples. In 1991 she carried out a photographic campaign at Italsider in Bagnoli titled 'Bagnoli, a Factory' that cataloged a unique historical time of the steel mill’s activity. She has recently opened her research to new mediums such as video installations. 

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Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano, 1998

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LUCIANO ROMANO
(Napoli, 1958) 

Art, architecture, theatre; all are Romano's photographic focus. His past studies of architecture highlight his symbolic use of theatrical light in his photography. The aim of his work is to plan pictures starting from a sharp vision of reality and then explore the essence of the shapes and spaces that are represented while producing strong evocative images. He teaches photography at the Academy of Tatro alla Scala of Milan. 

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Vicenza e la Sua Laguna, 1987

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DARIO COLETTI
(Roma, 1959) 

Coletti is the vice-director at the Superior Institute of Journalism in Rome. He is mainly dedicated to anthropological and social subjects in his work and lingers on ethno-anthropologic aspects and themes of Sardinia with a surprising depth and sense of history. His work is displayed in numerous galleries and national museums in addition to working with national and international newspapers, photographing such events as the earthquake in Haiti.

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La Chiesa di Santa Maria della Grazie e Il Cenacolo, 1980


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MARC LESIMPLE
(Parigi, 1959) 

Lesimple began his career as a mathematician before becoming involved in photography. In 1992 he moved to Padua and became seduced by the Botanical Gardens. Lesimple compared the fusion of plants and architectural structures to that of a theatre and so held his first exhibition in Il Segno del Tempo nel Giardino dei Semplici. In addition to his studies in the botanical gardens, Lesimple dedicates himself to other aspects of the Veneto landscape, Venice in particular. He is also interested in the seventeenth century gardens of Valsasanzibio. 

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 Orto Botanico di Padova, 1997

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FERDINANDO SCIANNA
(Bagheria, 1946)

Scianna began taking pictures when he was eighteen reaching notoriety in 1966 with the Nadar Prize. A fan of Italian neo-realism, Scianna explores his region by highlighting the strong contradictions between the power of tradition and the trend toward modernity with a dramatic light contrast to rival the Baroque. Scianna moved to Milan in 1966 and then to Paris in 1973. In 1989 he began working for Magnum Photos where he functions as a photo-reporter.  

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Portovenere, Le Cinque Terre e Le Isole, 1997

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GIUSEPPINA CALTAGIRONE 

Caltagirone was born in Rome where she lives with her husband and three children. While in New York, she graduated from Columbia University with a Philosophy degree in addition to studying photography at the International Centre of Photography. Her favorite subject has always been children's faces even though she dedicates herself to portraiture, preferring artists and musicians. Caltagirone has been the official photographer of the Music Company in Rome.

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Monumenti Paelocristiani di Ravenna, 1996




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