“Memorie sovvertite – Upside down memories.” Seravezza Fotografia 2012 features large-scale fine-art photographs by the Italian photographer Romano Cagnoni

As part of  IXth edition of SERAVEZZA FOTOGRAFIA 2012, The Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza hosts “Memorie sovvertite – Upside down memories” a one-man show of the fine-art photographs of Romano Cagnoni, a native of the Pietrasanta area and one of the world’s great photographers.

The exhibition features the shimmery oversized landscapes and oneiric visions of nature that characterize the photographer’s later work, as well as some haunting battlefield photographs – of which he has taken many throughout his career – often in the heat of battle, often under threat of physical harm – there’s an edge which gives his photos a power and a graphic immediacy and which made him one of the best-known photojournalists from early-on.  The story goes that as a boy, Cagnoni started photographing sculptures in Pietrasanta’s sculpture studios. He left the “City of Art” while still a young man – before it became the fashionable hub of the international marble and-bronze-sculpture scene – and moved to London where he lived for more than thirty years. During those years he worked with Simon Guttman, Robert Capa, Felix Mann, Kurt Hutton and Henri Cartier-Bresson and helped found modern photojournalism.

He was the first non-communist photographer to be allowed in North Vietnam, and undertook risky journeys to photograph conflicts in Cambodia, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afganistan, Yugoslavia, Chechnya. His photographs of war-ravaged landscapes and of the refugees and mercenaries who inhabit them are beautifully composed shots, both humanistic portraits and harrowing testaments to the horrors – and suffering caused by war.

He has stated: “I don’t take photographs, I make them.” Which speaks to his approach to creating images … “‘seeing’ the picture,” then crafting it with “time and light through composition” and not to any manipulation manual or digital – “NO PHOTOSHOP!” he proclaims emphatically.

His photos have regularly been featured on the covers of the world’s leading newsmagazines. He has had 43 solo exhibitions and has received innumerable international prizes for his work. Since returning to the Versilia area he has documented the marble quarries, in and around Pietrasanta, and has produced several stunning books of fine-art photos of the “cave di marmo” that dot the coast.

This exhibit in the historic Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza is a long overdue local celebration of the man and his work – Italy habitually neglects its vast artistic and cultural heritage – we hope that this is a sign that despiteespecially during these tough economic times, Italy sees fit to adequately promote its artists and their art and its unrivaled cultural capital. ”Memorie sovvertite – Upside down memories.” is one such treasure, a must-see exhibition capping Romano Cagnoni’s long career. His earlier work, menacing, stark, still packs a wallop, his latest creations are fresh, compelling, introspective and expansive; the exhibit showcases the self-assured work of a master in his prime. His fine-art prints are coveted by art-collectors world-wide. He currently lives in Pietrasanta with his wife Patti, a photographer in her own right.

Visit Romano Cagnoni’s website here.

To buy a copy of the catalog for the exhibition write an email to: bookshop@seravezzafotografia.it

“Memorie sovvertite – Upside down memories”

Seravezza Fotografia 2012
Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza
The show lasts until the 9th of April
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 3 to 7:30pm
Sundays from 10:30am to 12:30pm and then from 3 to 7:30pm
Tickets are 5 euros (3 euros for students etc.)
For more information contact the Fondazione Terre Medicee
tel.0584.757443, email: seravezzafotografia@terremedicee.it

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