Interview, Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer, Italian photography
Interview, Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer, Italian photography
Martina Corà was born in Como (1987), she lives and works in Milan. After graduating in 2009 from the European Institute of Design in Milan, starting from 2010 she began to develop an ever greater interest in landscape photography linked to the Italian tradition and to visual arts in general, paying great attention to forms of new media and net art.
She is specialized in corporate and lifestyle projects, working with both national and international clients, including Wikipedia, Amplifon, EXPO 2015, Kellogg’s, Louis Vuitton, Coca Cola, Lavazza, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and collaborating with various photographic agencies and newspapers, such as Il Corriere Della Sera, La Repubblica, Il Giorno and Il Fotografo.
Solo and group exhibitions: Parlami di me at Studio Morinn (Milan, 2008), Sound in a Frame at Spazio Aurora (Milan, 2009), Untitled I at Galleria Castelli (Milan, 2010), Untitled II during FuoriSalone (Milan, 2011), Self Publish, Be Naughty at MiCamera (Milan, 2012), Viaggio in Italia? at SIFEST (Savignano Immagini Festival, 2014), 2016 – On New Italian Photography at Viasaterna (Milan, 2016), MiArt 2017 with Viasaterna, SIG NUM at Nowhere Gallery (Milan, 2017). Since 2016 Viasaterna Contemporary Art has represented her work.
Stefano Graziani lives and works in Trieste. He studied architecture at IUAV in Venice and teaches at the Naba of Milan and the IUAV / fff master in Venice. He collaborates with several magazines and publishers and is co-founder of the magazines San Rocco and Genda.
He has published: Nature Death, Fictions and Excerpts (Galleria Mazzoli 2016), Fruits and Fireworks, a + mbookstore 2016, Great Ecstasy Jump (Skinnerbooox 2016), Caribbean (with Matteo Campagnoli, Humboldt Books, 2015) It seemed as Though the Mist Itself Had Screamed (Galleria Mazzoli, 2014), Night Talks (Quodlibet 2014), Memory Talks, (at + m bookstore, 2012), Under the Volcano and other stories (Galleria Mazzoli, 2009) ), Taxonomies, (a + mbookstore, Milano 2006).
He collaborates with several architecture studios, Office KGDVS, Christ & Gantenbein, Piovene Fabi, 51N4E. He edited for Jeff Wall, Gestus, Writings on art and photography (Quodlibet, Macerata 2013). He has exhibited in Italy and abroad and her works are part of private and public collections (Maxxi of Rome, CCA Montreal, Iccd Rome, Photography Foundation, Modena).
Guido Guidi was born in Cesena in 1941. In the sixties he attended the IUAV and the Industrial Design course in Venice. From 1989 to 2015 he taught photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna. Since 2001 he has been visiting professor at the Faculty of Design and Arts at IUAV in Venice.
He exhibited his work at the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum in New York. At the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Venice Biennale, the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, the Fondation HCB in Paris.
Publications: Looking East (Border Line / Koenig Book 2015); Truly (MACK 2014); The figure of the orante (editions of Bradipo 2012); A New Map of Italy (Loosestrife Editions 2011); Variants (Art & 1995).
Allegra Martin (born 1980, Vittorio Veneto) lives and works in Milan. A pupil of Guido Guidi, she graduated in Architecture from the IUAV University of Venice in 2007.
Her works have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and institutions, including in Viasaterna Contemporary Art, Triennale di Milano, the Venice Biennale in 2016, Forma, Macro in Rome, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea, i2A in Lugano, Galerie f 5.6 in Munich, ZKL in Karlsruhe and Breadfield in Malmo.
Books: “On new Italian photography”, curated by Phantom for Viasaterna, Milan, 2016, “Double bind”, Quinlan Editore, 2015, “Lido. A sud di nessun nord”, curated by Osservatorio Fotografico, Ravenna, 2014.
Marco Menghi (1986) studied Photography in 2008 at the School of Photography and Graphic Arts CFP Bauer in Milan. He graduates in Architecture Sciences at Politecnico di Milano in 2011.
In 2007, during university studies, he begins working as an archivist for the Ugo Mulas Archive in Milan, and at the same time as a photographer assistant in various fields: fashion, still-life, interior. He actually studies with particular attention the various methods and techniques of traditional and digital printing. He is also exploring contemporary visualization methods such as those connected with professional drones.
Today he lives and works as a free-lance photographer in Milan, where he is particularly interested in architectural photography, and the analysis of the territory and its changes.
He cultivates collaborations and projects with various organizations and magazines including: Domus, Elledecor, Drawing, Living, and Institutions such as the Sandretto Rerebaudengo Foundation in Turin and the Department of Photography of the Politecnico di Milano.
He teaches Photography of Still-Life and Analogue Printing in White and Black at the Institute of Acme Arts in Novara and at the Artistic Lyceum of The Orsoline of Milan.
Michele Nastasi is a photographer of architecture and city, and editor of the magazine “Lotus”.
His photographs are published in international journals, books (Suspended City, L’Aquila after the earthquake, Actar 2015, Starchitecture, Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities, Allemandi, 2011, with Davide Ponzini, Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography, Phaidon, 2014, edited by Elias Redstone) and were exhibited in Italy and abroad (Suspended City: L’Aquila after the Earthquake of 2009, Wolk Gallery, MIT, Cambridge 2013).
He has taught architecture photography at the Politecnico di Milano and is conducting a Doctorate in History of Arts at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.
Born in 1968, Filippo Romano is a documentary and architecture photographer. He graduated at I.S.I.A. in Urbino with Michele Provinciali. And specialized in photo documentary at the full time program at the International Center of photography (I.C.P.) in New York. Romano’s work is mostly about cities, architectures and urban dwellers.
Since 1998 he collaborates with the architecture’s section of the art publisher Skira, and his work have been featured in important magazines «Abitare», «Dwell magazine», Domus», «Io Donna», «Courrier International», «Huffington Post», and «Newsweek».
In 2007 he was the winner of the grant Pesaresi-Contrasto with the project “OFF CHINA” about the urban development of the Chinese cities. He is the co-author of “Soleri Town”, a book about the utopian architecture of Paolo Soleri; in 2009 he was selected in the exhibition the Joy at the Rome photo festival with “Waterfront” a series from the project about the city of Trieste. In 2010 he was in Haiti for photo reportage about the earthquake. His project “Route 106” about the landscape devastation by the illegals buildings in Calabria region was exhibited at the Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2010. In 2011 he started a project about the ghetto of Mathare in Nairobi and takes part of the exhibition “Sao Paulo Calling” in San Paulo art museum in 2012. His ongoing project about Nairobi was part of the exhibition “MadeinSlum-Mathare Nairobi” in the Triennale Museum in Milan in 2013. “Palladio and Jefferson” is a long-term research exhibited in Montreal at the Canadian Center for Architecture C.C.A. He is a member of the agency Luzphoto and currently he is a teacher at the Naba design school in Milan and in the master of photography at the IUAV faculty in Venice.
Giovanna Silva lives and works in Milano. From 2005 to 2007 she contributed to the journal «Domus», and from September 2007 until September 2011 she was photo editor of the journal «Abitare». She photographed Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid for the special issues of «Abitare» Being Renzo Piano and Being Zaha Hadid. In October 2011 she published “Orantes”, Quodlibet; in July 2012 “Narratives/Relazioni: Baghdad, Green Zone, Red Zone, Babylon”, Mousse Publishing and in October 2013 “Narratives/Relazioni: Libya: Inch by Inch, House by House, Alley by Alley, Syria: a Travel Guide to Disappearance”, Mousse Publishing and “Good Boy”, Motto Publishing. She participated at 14.Mostra International di Architettura di Venezia with her project “Nightswimming, Discotheques in Italy from the 1960s until now”.
In 2010 she founded the San Rocco magazine with whom she attended the 13th International Exhibition of Architecture. In 2012 she founded the publishing house Humboldt Books of which she is editor-in-chief.
Delfino Sisto Legnani was born in Milan in 1985. After graduating in Architecture at Milan Polytechnic, he became a member of the Association of Italian Journalists and began to work as a photographer for major international newspapers and independent magazines, such as Domus, Abitare, Elle Decor, Vogue Italia, Apartamento, Mousse Magazine, Kaleidoscope, The New York Times, Repubblica and Corriere Della Sera.
Alternating reportage, architectural and still-life photography, his work has been awarded prizes and displayed in museums and institutions such as the Biennale di Venezia the V&A in London, the Milan Triennale as well as in numerous galleries and exhibition. He lives and works in Milan.
Alessandra Spranzi was born in Milan, where she lives, in 1962. She began working in the early 1990s. She studied at the Scuola Politecnica di Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. She is a professor of Photography at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.
Her artistic research is connected with photography, with photographic staging, the reuse of images of her own or taken by others, collage and “photographs of photographs.” Her work reveals a taste for humble materials, everyday situations, domestic settings, neglected and obsolete objects, handiwork and its gestures. Through these tools and these subjects, through appropriations and even minimal manipulations, Spranzi never stops questioning the mystery of existence and the fundamental forces that determine our fate, as well as that of the objects and spaces that surround us.
Since 1992 she had several solo and group shows, at Galleria p420, Bologna, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Centre National de la Photographie, Ile de France, Galleria Nicoletta Rusconi in Milan, MAN Nuoro, GAMEC Bergamo, Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Galleria Emi Fontana in Milan, Museo Pecci in Prato, Le Magasin in Grenoble.
Since 1997 she has made many artist’s books and publications: “Nello stesso momento”, “Vendesi”, “Tornando a casa”, “La donna barbuta”, “Cose che accadono”.
Website: Alessandra Spranzi
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia in December 1966 founded the Superstudio with Adolfo Natalini.
The atelier beside professional work is dedicated to theoretical research for the refounding of Architecture. Projects and images are part of Museum collections from MOMA to Beabourg, FRAC and MAXXI. Since the foundation of Superstudio, he has devoted himself to the photographic documentation of all the work to create the Photographic Archive that he still directs.
Since 1973 he has taught in Italy and the USA and in 1993 he participated in the foundation of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Camerino.
Since 2012 he is Editor of the magazine «Maps».