Il Corpo del Capitano, the photographic book by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli

Il Corpo del Capitano, the photographic book by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli

Giulia Guido · 4 months ago · Photography

About two years ago we talked about the photographic project Realpolitik: La terza Repubblica by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli. The book published by Cesura Publish showed a complete and true portrait of the Governo Conte through close-ups of politicians, the faces of the participants in the demonstrations, but also small details that manage to capture the political and social atmosphere of the country. 

Once the Realpolitik project was over, Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli did not lose interest in the world of Italian politics but decided to concentrate all their artistic research on a single character, perhaps the most emblematic, Matteo Salvini

This choice stems from the fact that they recognized an innovative character in the language adopted by the leader of Lega who, in a certain sense, deprived photographers of the possibility of doing their job. In fact, if in the past the representation of politicians was entrusted to photographers, in Salvini’s case it was he who produced images of himself, ending up self-representation, or appropriating images of others using them to his own advantage. 

The two photographers are no strangers to this practice. One of the photographs in Realpolitik showing Salvini in the foreground was chosen as the cover photo for an issue of Time in which the leader of Lega was criticized. Despite the tone and arguments of the article, Salvini decided to use that same shot on several occasions.

Driven by the desire to regain possession of their role and to give back to the public organic documentation of Salvini’s political activity, Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli have created a new volume entitled “Il corpo del Capitano“, always published by Cesura Publish

Adopting a style characterized by the use of black and white, which contrasts with the aesthetics of Salvini’s communication, the photographers dissect the Captain’s body capturing small parts, from fingers to mouth, from beard to eyes, and then continue this analysis with the objects that are now part of the multifaceted Salvinian figure, from the crucifix to the T-shirts with printed inscriptions. 

For the cover of the book, the same photo that appeared on the time but emptied of the eyes was chosen: Salvini’s face becomes a mask, referring to the politician’s ability to embody dozens and dozens of different roles. 

In the end, however, a question arises spontaneously and it is the same one we find at the beginning of the book: “To whom, then, does the Captain’s body belong? To Matteo Salvini, to everyone, to no one”.

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Martin Neuhof, an evocative photographer and portraitist

Martin Neuhof, an evocative photographer and portraitist

Federica Cimorelli · 4 days ago · Photography

Martin Neuhof, born in 1984, is a German photographer and portrait artist based in Leipzig, Germany. Martin followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Friedrich Gahlbeck, a well-known German photographer of the last century, then worked to afford a camera and began experimenting with images.

His photography is clear and elegant, it focuses on the human face and delves into the interiority of the subject he captures. For Martin Neuhof, the face is a gateway to human emotions, an obstacle to be overcome and a barrier to be broken.

– Read also: The deep photographic portraits by Laura Zalenga

His photographic compositions manage to break down all appearances, they are creative shots that highlight the protagonist of the image and meanwhile strike the viewer, provoke him and activate something in his inner self.

See a selection of his shots here, follow Martin Neuhof on Instagram and on his personal website.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 3 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @to.street, @caterina_cantu, @martinacuscuna, @veber.photos, @littlejos_, @ivananoto_, @elaverre, @radekzawadzki, @tonepantone, @fotopabo.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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The dark and mysterious shots of Marit Beer

The dark and mysterious shots of Marit Beer

Collater.al Contributors · 3 days ago · Photography

The shots of Marit Beer are dark and mysterious, they tell stories of distant and unknown countries where it is cold, there is silence and the air is humid.

To enter her world you only need to look at her photographs: it seems to be in another reality, isolated, far from the confusion of civilization, among small unattended villages surrounded by wild countryside.

Looking at her shots is like reliving them, is like diving in an uncomfortable world of embroidery and lace, among old fabrics crumpled and faded by time. You can perceive her thoughts and anxieties: the passing of time, the weight of existence and the intimacy of secrets.

Her subjects are authentic but always seem to disappear, they are ghosts that never show themselves in their entirety, impenetrable, enigmatic and disturbing spirits.

The photographs of Marit Beer involve us and drag us away from reality, they are ancient paintings faded by time.

Follow her.

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The mysterious photography of Joanne Leah

The mysterious photography of Joanne Leah

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 days ago · Photography

The Brooklyn artist Joanne Leah creates beautiful photographiy that bring the observer into a mysterious journey through her intellectual-surreal world.

Her intent is to examine the relationship between human form, objects, materials, and conventions, transforming each of them into something very different and far.

Using different color palettes, yellow, green, red and purple, she uses the human body as if it were a design element.

Her contents are all inspired by her childhood memories and explore issues such as isolation, detachment and identity.

Apparently violent, each image expresses a concept that, through her subconscious, come to life with an object or subject in tune with her visions.

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