Realpolitik: Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli capture the true face of Italian politics

Realpolitik: Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli capture the true face of Italian politics

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Photography

There are many artists who say they are inspired by what surrounds them, by what happens around them, but most of the time in their works we find a world far away from ours. The photographic project Realpolitik: La Terza Repubblica by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli, edited by the independent publishing house Cesura Publish, on the other hand, finally gives us back a perceptible reality, which we live with and deal with every day and for this reason not always pleasant. The undisputed protagonist of their work is nothing less than Italian politics and the personalities who represent it. 

With Realpolitik, the two photographers have managed and continue to give us the truest portrait of the Governo Conte, from the time it took its first steps to the present day, following all the phases.

The first chapter of this journey is called Boys, Boys Boys, a volume that collects the portraits of politicians competing during the last elections and published exactly on March 4, 2018, the day in which Italian citizens were called to give their vote. This volume is famous for the shot of Matteo Salvini, which appeared on the cover of Time on 24 September. 

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al

A few months later, exactly on June 2, while the second edition of Boys, Boys, Boys is printed in black and white, Luca and Marco are in Rome to capture the highlights of the celebrations for the anniversary of the birth of the Republic, but also to capture the demonstration of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S), initially born to protest against the decision of President Mattarella not to support the new government and, then, turned into a huge celebration for vote of confidence was obtained. 

All the photographic material collected thus formed the third volume Popolopopolo.

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al

The two photographers are not tired of these public events that, in a period that has seen the mass moving away from politics, see the people take to the streets and actively participate in rallies and party parties and then, in July 2018 go to Pontida. All the photographic material is collected in the volume entitled Lega Nord Party.

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al

Now, we are not here to do politics and/or polemics, we do not want to analyze the work of the current government and we do not want to take any position, but we can say one thing: perhaps because of, or thanks to, personalities like Salvini, the boom of social networks, the spectacularization of politics, the overlapping of figures like the politician and the VIP, it seems that this government more than others has given the country something to talk about (for better or for worse) and has given Luca and Marco further material to collect in the fifth chapter of Realpolitik, MoVimento Lento

The project supported by Cesura Publish is an experiment, but also a satirical analysis of what is around us, of what, willingly or unwillingly, affects the lives of each of us. 

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
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Hypnotic and sensual photography by Steven Gindler aka Cvatik

Hypnotic and sensual photography by Steven Gindler aka Cvatik

Buddy · 2 days ago · Photography

What we know about others is first of all what we see, what our eye and the analysis of appearances translates about a person. There is no direct access to someone’s true personality that doesn’t pass by appearances. And so the photographic portrait, the ability to express a person through his image, is nothing more than an interpretation that passes through an artistic intuition. A filter of a filter that must be able to provoke (attraction, curiosity, tension, discomfort …). It is the ability to guess the appearance.

This is perhaps what makes the shots of photographer Steven Gindler aka Cvatik so attractive. His ability to build a tension between his eye, the subject and the viewer. Not just description, but awareness of the disturbance that one wants to impress in the image, the ability to expand it and build it artfully.

His images are charged, nostalgic, decadent, sensual, disturbing. Almost always simultaneously.

“Photography, in every sense, is literally my life. I try and take my camera with me everywhere, and create a new adventure for myself everyday.”

Follow his instagram profile.

La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
La fotografia ipnotica e sensuale di Steven Gindler aka Cvatik
Hypnotic and sensual photography by Steven Gindler aka Cvatik

All photography copyright Steven Gindler

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Moulding, Prue Stent and Honey Long fluid bodies

Moulding, Prue Stent and Honey Long fluid bodies

Buddy · 1 day ago · Photography

With the Moulding project, photographer Prue Stent and artist Honey Long explore the ambiguity of representation through fluid and sinuous bodies.

Figures wrapped in fabrics that compress and stretch them, play with the idea of classical form, scrapping it and making it dynamic, transient and ambiguous. A project that partly remembers the work Unique Forms of Continuity in Space of the sculptor Boccioni, symbolic representation of the movement of fluidity that rejected the traditional sculpture.

The material that envelops the bodies expands them and deprives them of weight while hiding the forms and their identity. Constrained and stifled, however, figures are at the same time liberated in an alternative dimension of dream and immateriality.

As in Soft Tissue everything is mentioned and left to the spectator’s eyesight.

Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
Moulding, i corpi fluidi di Prue Stent e Honey Long | Collater.al
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All for the Gram – Under Milano

All for the Gram – Under Milano

Giulia Guido · 20 hours ago · Photography

For this edition of All for the Gram, the column on Instagram profiles to follow, we decided to change it up a bit. Today’s is not just a profile, but a photographic project led by Sardinian photographer Tiziano Demuro and Sicilian photographer Sergio Raffaele.
“Under Milano”, this is the name of the project, was born in 2018 from the desire of Tiziano and Sergio to work on a common project, combining the interest of both of them in the metropolitan environment, from the platforms to the escalators to the trains. 

Without a shadow of a doubt, Milan’s underground is a fascinating place where every day the lives of millions of people intertwine for a few minutes, just long enough to get to their destination.

It is a real place of transition that everyone experiences differently: some people take it every day and always know exactly where to go, where to stand on the platform and how long the stops last; others use it for the first time and are hesitant, do not know how to put their ticket in and stand on the left on the escalators; others stay for a short time and others have to make longer journeys, perhaps in the company of a good book. 

In short, there is something poetic and melancholic about it: for a short time it doesn’t matter what you are going to do, you are there, sitting or standing trying not to fall, with everyone else, but each on his own. 

With Under Milano, Tiziano and Sergio strive every day to capture those everyday moments, those little things that characterise the life that flows underground, in photographs that seem to come from another era and that make everything so beautiful. 

We’ve selected a few shots, but follow Under Milano on Instagram to see them all and don’t miss the next ones. 

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Dirk Haas’s nude Polaroids

Dirk Haas’s nude Polaroids

Giulia Guido · 19 hours ago · Photography

Looking at Dirk Haas‘ photographs, it seems almost impossible to imagine that his career began with landscape photography and then later as a wedding photographer. The real change of direction came in 2016, when he decided to start experimenting with analogue photography, thus moving from a very fast and immediate technique to a slower one, both in the making and in the developing phase. 

This change also necessitated a change of subjects, the ones he was used to didn’t fit in with analogue photography, and having always been fascinated by people and faces he started making artistic portraits and nudes. 

These subjects were immediately in line with analogue and the Polaroid 600SE and SX70 he was given as gifts, as well as his ability to capture the right moment and create an understanding with his subjects. 

His photographic production now offers shots that are almost stolen, in which we can almost see and feel the intimacy of the moment in which they were taken and in which female beauty is enhanced to the maximum. 

Read also: Julia Buruleva’s surreal and bizarre shots

Check out some of his shots below and visit Dirk Haas’ website and Instagram profile to find out more! 

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