Creators – the photographer Jacopo Valentini

Creators – the photographer Jacopo Valentini

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Photography

Jacopo Valentini was born in Modena in 1990 and he studied at Mendrisio Architecture Academy after he enrolled in the IUAV Photography Master in Venice with Angela Vettese and the photographer Stefano Graziani…Then many awards: in 2015 he was selected to participate in the Foto Factory Modena project in collaboration with SkyArteHD and the Fondazione Fotografia Modena, in 2017 with the 101ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti alla Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, in 2019 he was selected for the Giovane Fotografia Italiana 07 and in the same year he won the Premio Nocivelli. The young photographer has already had exhibitions in Italy and abroad: from the Triennale of Milan to the Pecci Center in Prato, from RIBA (London) to the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice (and many others).

Jacopo approaches photography from an early age and he revisits the classic photography of the Italian landscape proposing a new form of interpretation of the territories. It’s not limited to the use of photography but goes further. He tells us: “architecture and landscapes fascinate me, but I must point out that they are not to be considered as absolute contents, on the contrary. Currently my research, in addition to using photography, is also combined with other techniques. Other materials are used alongside the photographic medium, for example through the use of plaster, paper, posters, etc. that each time give life and a different result at the exhibition level, aiming at an installation level.

Jacopo Valentini studies any layer of the landscape “Through the intersection of a multitude of levels, from the religious to the faunistic, from the culinary to the architectural, from the vegetable to the literal, passing through the social and so on, of what we still call territory, in all its forms. Not always, however, these different fields of discussion can coexist together. Each case is specific and each situation must be studied with a calibrated approach to understanding what is relevant and what is not, so as to have a visual narrative that comes to life along a common thread.” This is what happened in ” Volcano’s Ubiquity “, where Jacopo Valentini photographs the Neapolitan landscape from an unusual perspective trying to go beyond the Neapolitan cliché and to break the canonical rules of photographing the Neapolitan territory.

Jacopo Valentini Creators | Collter.al
Jacopo Valentini Creators | Collter.al
Jacopo Valentini Creators | Collter.al
Jacopo Valentini Creators | Collter.al
Jacopo Valentini Creators | Collter.al
Jacopo Valentini Creators | Collter.al

Text by Bianca Felicori

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Great British Windows, Teddy Fitzhugh’s photographic project

Great British Windows, Teddy Fitzhugh’s photographic project

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Photography

Teddy Fitzhugh is an English photographer from Derbyshire known above all for his black and white shots that capture moments of London nightlife between concerts, evenings and clubs. His latest work, entitled Great British Windows, however, departs from this theme, arriving at something new for the photographer, but equally surprising. 

The shots that compose the fanzine are born in the simplest and most natural way possible: during a visit to the family in Plymouth, walking through the streets of the town with the ever-present camera around his neck, Teddy’s attention was captured by a window with a sculpture of a bird in front of it. Why not photograph it? 

What amazed Teddy Fitzhugh the most was how, in their small way, the courtyards and the different types of windows, curtains, fences, revealed a lot about the tenants and, above all, that they gave him a strange feeling of home. 

Discover the photos of Great British Windows in our gallery! 

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Great British Windows Teddy Fitzhugh | Collater.al
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Great British Windows Teddy Fitzhugh | Collater.al

If you liked Teddy Fitzhugh’s project don’t miss the doors of London houses in Bella Foxwell’s shots

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Eva Zar, the queer world in her NSFW shots

Eva Zar, the queer world in her NSFW shots

Claudia Fuggetti · 5 months ago · Photography

Of Russian origin, raised in Vienna and moving to NY to study at Parsons, Eva Zar is definitely an artist who knows how to accept challenges, especially when it comes to the queer scene and to redefine the standards of mainstream beauty.

“Moving to New York City has helped me find my own style and the way I want to work creatively. It has allowed me to experiment on every single project: from branded content to editorials, almost every client gives you the chance to try new things and it’s incredible”.

It’s not an easy task to take NSFW photographs that intensely capture the essence of what surrounds us, but Eva can do it very well, taking us back to a glamorous and glittering universe. For the artist, the queer world represents the fulcrum of rebellion against the standards of beauty imposed by society:

“I’m not here for queer niche photography; I want my photos (of fabulous queer personalities) to be on the cover of Vogue redefining the boring standards of beauty. I’ve never taken a photo with the aim of creating a sort of politically precious Diane Arbus style image, and my photos are taken on stage and in pose”.

Eva has certainly managed to win the challenge, will society be able to do the same?

Take a look at her Instagram profile.

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Eva Zar, il mondo queer nei suoi scatti NSFW | Collater.al
Eva Zar, il mondo queer nei suoi scatti NSFW | Collater.al
Eva Zar, il mondo queer nei suoi scatti NSFW | Collater.al
Eva Zar, il mondo queer nei suoi scatti NSFW | Collater.al
Eva Zar, il mondo queer nei suoi scatti NSFW | Collater.al
Eva Zar, il mondo queer nei suoi scatti NSFW | Collater.al
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Contemporary Elderly, Louis De Belle and the beauty of the third age.

Contemporary Elderly, Louis De Belle and the beauty of the third age.

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Photography

We are in Milan, in Corso Sempione 33. In 1953 the architect Piero Bottoni designed the INA Palace, which is much more than a simple building, it’s a proposal for a new way of living the city life, where the private space is combined with the public space: the terrace, the commercial ground floor, shops, offices, a communal garden… A very innovative project at that time, with two different facades, a rationalist and an expressionist one. Here on the ground floor Stefano Branca di Romanico opened Galera San Soda, and after the first exhibition by Goswin Schwendinger, he’s now presenting Louis De Belle’s first exhibition titled “Contemporary Elderly”. A project about the third age’s aesthetics

Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

Contemporary Elderly is a series of colorized photographs of older people shot in the streets of Milano. An insight into the status of senior citizens in modern times, through close-up crops on postures, clothing details and specific gestures, emphasized by the selective process of colorization – a method of manually adding color to a black-and-white photograph.

We asked Louis De Belle some questions about his work.

What is the colorization technique?

The photos are taken in black and white, then digitally colored. It’s a technique from the past that we decided to re-use in a contemporary way. The result are 14 images, in which the spot colors merge with the image, keeping shadows and light.

Where did you take it?

I tried to go to the places most frequented by this generation: markets, bars like La Coloniale or Marchesi where they meet to drink a “bianchino” or a coffee. We are in normal contexts, the intention was to portray people of this age because they often seem to have appeared in our daily life, but here they are the protagonists.

How did you approach them? How did you photograph them?

Walking down the street in Milan in the summertime, trying to find them in a natural way: the people are never posing, it’s street photography, which nevertheless rises to another level due to colorization. In each image, there are never more than three colors.

“Contemporary Elderly” is an exclusive project for Galera San Soda?

Yes, Stefano and I share a curiosity for the third age. The work is a celebration of our friendship but it’s also linked to the city of Milan and to this rationalist building…to the innovative life proposed by Piero Bottoni.

…And the blue carpet?

The carpet in the collective imagination is an old element, the idea was to use a material that led back to the cliché of an elder’s apartment. We have chosen a blue that changes the space but remains detached: it’s a calm and safe color, which allows images to float in a monochromatic space.

Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

How did you print the photos?

They are UV prints on plexiglass. It’s a perfect support to the colorization, with plexiglass there’s no glass and so there’s no reflection, it’s plastic, a pop material. The polished aluminum frames bind to the interior layout starting from the INA building fixtures up to the gallery furnishings.

Steno, how did the idea of ​​the third age come out?

It was 10 years ago, our relationship was about music and then we went further. At 21 we liked to emulate the elderly, followed routines, Gilbert & George were our points of reference. When I returned to Milan after London I opened the gallery and wanted to do an exhibition with Louis to close the circle and return to our common passion. The selection process was complicated because many photos did not do justice to the final series, we want to praise and not do something tragicomic, we wanted to evoke an apparatus of sensations linking them to the gesture of the body.

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Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

Text by Bianca Felicori

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Invasivo, the photographic project by Samm Escobar

Invasivo, the photographic project by Samm Escobar

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Photography

For decades tourism in Mexico has concentrated on the coasts overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, but in recent years even the part of the Pacific Ocean is experiencing rediscovery. Tourism, however, does not always bring with it positive changes, for example, the influx of a large number of people can end up ruining and spoiling places lost and where nature still dominates the rest. It is precisely the theme of man’s impact on the environment that is at the center of Samm Escobar‘s artistic research and his photographic project Invasivo

Samm Escobar’s shots show the beaches of Puerto Escondido, real hidden paradises, contaminated by huge luminous signs with the words “Motel”, “Park”, “Bar”, digitally added. 

The photographer wants to raise public awareness of the climate crisis, environmental pollution, problems that if not addressed in a short time will have irreversible effects on our planet. 

In our gallery you can find the shots of Invasivo, to discover other works by Samm Escobar follow him on Instagram

Invasio Samm Escobar | Collater.al
Invasio Samm Escobar | Collater.al
Invasio Samm Escobar | Collater.al
Invasio Samm Escobar | Collater.al
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Invasio Samm Escobar | Collater.al
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