Best of 2019

2019 is almost gone. For me it’s been a year full of satisfactions: first of all, it’s been my very first year of Photography. I mean, for the first time, since last december, photography is been my only job and this is something incredible to me. 2019 led me to Milan for a photo fair and in the village of Amandola, to teach photography to a group of young students (amazing experience). In June I went to Chicago to exhibit my Urban Melodies and I had a flashtalk about my project at Pritzker Forum on Global Cities, it’s been the greatest thing ever happened to me as a photographer. I began my new series Film People and I’m loving it (last week it’s been featured on Vanity Fair!), I went in Greece, to shoot a wonderful wedding and to Amman, Jordan, for a job that made me improve as a photographer. I won Roma Photo Marathon, a great satisfaction. Then, I had the chance to spend in Monopoli my summer holidays and in Sicily my Christmas holidays. I’ve changed apartment in Rome, so it’s been a year full of changes and new expreriences. I tried to collect a random selection of my best street photos of this 2019, I don’t know if I did a good selection, but here they are.

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Pizza e…

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[ENG] Vincenzo has been making pizzas for over 50 years, working every day from 7 to 22. His life, as well as his pizzeria, is a life of expects, preparation, waiting for the arrival of customers and evening orders. Between dead times and signs of fatigue. In an increasingly dynamic world, where everyone is in a hurry, the slow life of this Roman pizzeria brings us closer to the flavors of the past, in this story realized a few days before the final closure.

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“Urban Melodies”, Six Years Ago…

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Today, six years ago, I did my first test with a multi-layered image. I did some works and then I wrote to a friend of mine to ask an advice: “”I’m trying to do some work superimposing photos, but for now I only did a few tests… but I want to do it again to do it better, I want to send it to you so you can tell me if you think that it can get out a nice idea”. The first test was very poor, but there was a potential behind. Six years later, today, my project Urban Melodies permits me to do this job, it’s been recognized and sold in a lot of countries in the world. I’m so grateful for this luck and the opportunity to try to do this career, even with all the difficulties and the worries. Something is sure: I’ll never forget that 14 December 2012…

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Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

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[Alla Ricerca di Vivian Maier: recensione in italiano qui]

Presented at the Toronto Film Festival and the Berlinale, the documentary about Vivian Maier reveals an extraordinary investigation into the life of the most mysterious photographer of the 900, austere nanny, a secret artist whose treasure was discovered by chance only a few days after her death. Dead in poverty, she is now one of the most loved and important street photographers of the last century, with exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, photo books and an archive of thousands of images. Behind his babysitter figure is a fascinating mystery: why has this woman always hidden her talent and her work?

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Rome Film Festival 2006-2016

The 12th edition of Rome Film Festival will begin tomorrow. Since 2006, I’ve always been there, watching movies, meeting actors and, obviously, taking pictures. In this gallery a little selection of my best shots, to the people, to the actors, to everybody…

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Story of a Picture – Traffic Jam

[ENG] Everytime I see a picture I can remember what I was doing there, sometimes I can also remember my feelings in that moment… Well, when I took this picture, “Traffic Jam”, I was in New York City. I just had visited the Museum of Modern Art in a late afternoon, when I decided to make a walk in the neighborhood. Finally I’ve walked toward Park Avenue, where I found a beautiful traffic jam (well, if we can consider beautiful a traffic jam!). I shot three pictures in the middle of the pedestrian cross with the 62th Street. The light just after the sunset was incredible: it was 5pm and there was an incredible shade of blue reflected in the buildings, on the windows, mixed with the lights of the cars in line. Maybe Pollock’s art, watched at MoMa just 30 minutes before, inspired me in some way: I was fascinated by that chaos. When I began my series Urban Melodies, these three pictures taken in Park Avenue were choosen by me to realize that kind of project I had in my mind. Well, It worked a bit, isn’t it?

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[ITA] Ogni volta in cui osservo una mia fotografia posso ricordare cosa stavo facendo in quel luogo, a volte posso anche ricordare cosa mi passava per la mente in quel momento… Beh, quando ho scattato questa foto, “Traffic Jam”, mi trovavo a New York. Avevo appena visitato il Museum of Modern Art in un tardo pomeriggio, quando decisi di fare due passi in quella zona. Alla fine ho camminato fino a Park Avenue, dove ho trovato un bellissimo ingorgo di macchine (insomma, se possiamo considerare bellissimo un ingorgo!). Ho scattato tre foto nel mezzo delle strisce pedonali all’altezza della 62a Strada. La luce subito dopo il tramonto era incredibile: erano le 5 del pomeriggio e c’era un incredibile sfumature di blu riflessa nei palazzi, sulle finestre, mescolata alle luci delle automobili in coda. Forse l’arte di Pollock, che avevo visto al MoMa solo 30 minuti prima, in qualche modo mi ha ispirato: ero affascinato da quel caos. Quando ho cominciato la mia serie Urban Melodies, scelsi quelle tre fotografie scattate in Park Avenue per realizzare quel tipo di progetto che avevo in mente. Beh, un po’ ha funzionato, non è vero?

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Milagros Caturla, the spanish Vivian Maier

In 2001 an american tourist from Seattle, Tom Sponheim, went to Barcelona with his wife. In a flea market next to La Sagrada Familia he found a stack of negatives on a table. Tom took a look at them and he saw that they were well exposed, so he bought the envelope with the film for 3.50 dollars. Once at home in the States, he tried to scan a random picture and it was a very good sample of street photography: a young girl behind a bench where two old ladies are talking. But Tom understood to be in front a master of photography when he found another amazing picture with three priests walking near the Cathedral.

In 2010 Tom created a Facebook Page and he reached a lot of people from Barcelona, really surprised to find their friends and relatives depicted in those pictures. But no one knew who was the author of the images. This year Begona Fernandez, an amateur photographer from Barcelona, decided to investigate in order to discover who was the mysterious photographer. After a long research, she found an old magazine with a picture already seen in the Tom’s page. The author was a woman, Milagros Caturla, 4th winner of a photography contest in 1961.

Milagros Caturla died in 2008, suffering from Alzheimer’s. She never got married and she never had children. She worked as administrative in Barcelona’s Regional Council. Lluis Caturla, Milagros’ nephew, said that she had a huge passion for photography and she also had a photo lab in her apartment in Barcelona. Now Begona want to tribute Milagros with an exhibition of her pictures: “We feel her as our Vivian Maier”.

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