Paolo Ventura (1968, Milan, Italy) invents stories. Like all good storytellers, Ventura was raised on them and appears to have a natural gift for narrative. Each of his pictures holds its own little mystery, a concoction of atmosphere, character and detail that urges for closer examination. Ventura, like a true master illusionist, makes things disappear in front of our eyes. Death and vanishing are recurring themes in his work. He explains it as an omnipresent 'fear of losing someone he loves', which he translates onto his photographs.Read More
His characters are placed within an unspecified, ambiguous dream state of fantasy and nostalgia. On the one hand, it is a rather gloomy microcosm, filled with grey skies, dusky backgrounds and piercing silence. On the other, it's a comically overblown world. The protagonists pose unnaturally on a stage-like wooden floor and wear comedia dell'arte-like make-up, with clown-like red noses and rouged cheeks, evoking humour.
Text courtesy FLATLAND.
Gemiddeld een jaar werkt Jasper de Beijer aan zijn driedimensionale maquettes, die in de loop der jaren steeds groter zijn geworden. Eerst bouwde hij ze op een schaal van 1:100, toen 1:10 en nu zijn ze meestal 1:1. Vervolgens maakt hij er een foto van, wat secondenwerk is in vergelijking met de monnikenarbeid die gemoeid is met het maken van de...
The Italian photographer, Paolo Ventura, is known for constructing and photographing stylized dioramas to tell visual stories with a cinematic quality. Automaton, a series featured previously on Photo Booth, is a retelling of a story from his childhood, set in Nazi-occupied Italy. In 2013, Ventura, who had been living in New York, returned to...
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