Gabriele Basilico

Gabriele Basilico : Metropolitan Life

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The eighth and ninth of April, 2010, Gabriele Basilico and his text Metropolitan Life went on stage at No'hma-Teresa Pomodoro Theatre (Milan).

Basilico explains the relationship between the metropolitan landscapes, with their constant transformation and development, and photography, used as a way to catch the real shape and identity of cities.

Gabriele Basilico was born in Milan, Italy, in 1944. As a photographer, his favorite areas of research included the identity of cities, the development of metropolises, and the changes in postindustrial landscapes. He was awarded numerous prizes and his work was celebrated in many important private and public collections, in Italy and internationally. He died on February 13, 2012.
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  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 167.6 x 212.9 x 152.4mm | 510g
  • Rome, Italy
  • English
  • 8869655016
  • 9788869655012
  • 2,891,456

About Giovanna Calvenzi

Gabriele Basilico was born in Milan in 1944. After graduating in architecture in 1973, he has consistently dedicated himself to photography. His favorite areas of research have included the shape and identity of cities, the development of the metropolis and the ongoing changes in postindustrial landscapes. Considered one of today's master photographers, Gabriele Basilico has been awarded many prizes and his work has been celebrated in many important private and public collections both in Italy and internationally.
'Milan. Portrait of Factories (1978-1980)' is his first long project centering on Milan's industrial outskirts and marks his debutorial museum exhibit (at PAC, Milan, in 1983). He is the only Italian photographer to participate in the 1984-85 'Bord de mer' project for the Mission Photographique de la DATAR, a governmental mandate granted to an international group of photographers with the goal to investigate landscape change across France. In 1991 Basilico takes part in the Beirut 'mission' to capture a city devastated by a 15-year-long civil war.
Since then, Gabriele Basilico has produced and participated in countless documentary projects both in Italy and abroad, which have generated a whole host of books and exhibits. In addition to his relentless photographic investigation into urban morphological transformation and contemporary landscapes, Gabriele Basilico has been busy holding seminars, workshops, lectures and reflections also through the written word.
Gabriele Basilico died in Milan on February 13th, 2013.

Currently director of photography in Sportweek magazine, Giovanna Calvenzi is a prominent name in photography in Europe. Former director of Arles Photography festival, she has curated numerous exhibitions and books.
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