Photo London 2016. Pic by Nicolò Gallio

My Photo London VIP Preview

[Scroll down for the Italian version] What I really enjoy of VIP previews, especially when it comes to contemporary art, is the chatter. Wandering through the stands with a glass of champagne and listening to comments, confidences and gossips whispered among gallery owners, collectors, those who are there only because it is a glamorous event Read more about My Photo London VIP Preview[…]

Pierluigi Vecchi, "Transform 1" (2016)

CosmoGRAFIES

[Scroll down for the Italian version] I have always thought that there is a difference between being an artist and making art for a living. Each of us can create art and take the time we need to craft our skills when we’re off from work. But make a living out of art, and by Read more about CosmoGRAFIES[…]

Yakuza street fighter aggressively showing off his tattoo in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo - 2010

At the Heart of Yakuza with Photographer Anton Kusters

Being granted exclusive access to usually inaccessible subcultures is probably the dream of many artists. Belgian photographer and co-founder of BURN Magazine Anton Kusters made it real when he spent some time in Tokyo with members of Yakuza, the notorious Japanese crime syndication. A recent video from The Economist chronicles this unique photographic project. Watching Read more about At the Heart of Yakuza with Photographer Anton Kusters[…]

Dennis Hopper, “Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt”, 1964

In the Middle of Everything: Dennis Hopper and “The Lost Album”

An American photojournalist gone insane in the middle of the jungle, waiting for the crew of a boat with arms wide open: to me this character from Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is still the most iconic among those Dennis Hopper portrayed onscreen. Coincidentally or not, besides being a director and a painter, the actor Read more about In the Middle of Everything: Dennis Hopper and “The Lost Album”[…]

Portrait of Gordon Parks: photographer, writer, musician and director. © The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Gordon Parks’ “American History”, or Why Style Can’t Be Taught

Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Ingrid Bergman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Gould, Paul Newman: some of the most iconic portraits of celebrities, artists and human rights activists of the 20th century were taken by a self-taught photographer born into poverty and segregation in Kansas. Gordon Parks (1912-2006) is probably the most important African American photographer in the Read more about Gordon Parks’ “American History”, or Why Style Can’t Be Taught[…]

Danny Lyon on the back cover of the re-issue of "The Bikeriders".

From Sub-culture to Pop Culture: “The Bikeriders” Ride Again

In the last few years Sons of Anarchy has proved to be one of the most successful American TV series. Its seventh and final season will be airing in September in the U.S. Now might then be the best time ever to be a fan of outlaw motorcycle clubs on the screen. Not long ago Read more about From Sub-culture to Pop Culture: “The Bikeriders” Ride Again[…]

"Nowhere to Run". Richard Mosse at The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Pink Is the Colour of War. Photographer Richard Mosse Documents the Congolese Conflict With Troubling Poetic Shade

When we’re asked about a colour to describe war, we hardly find ourselves thinking of bright pink. Yet this is the palette that Irish photographer Richard Mosse has chosen to describe the cycle of violence in Congo. His work on the topic is well known to the international public, at least since his exhibition The Enclave at the 2013 Read more about Pink Is the Colour of War. Photographer Richard Mosse Documents the Congolese Conflict With Troubling Poetic Shade[…]