ALESSANDRA BURIGANA

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ALESSANDRA BURIGANA has been a professional journalist for over twenty-five years and has written for numerous interior design magazines including Architectural Digest, Brava Casa, and Elle Décor. She was the director of La Mia Casa. Currently she collaborates with Casamica and Corriere della Sera.

ANNA LAMBERTINI

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ANNA LAMBERTINI has a PhD in landscape architecture and conducts research at the Università degli Studi in Perugia and Florence.

CARLA DE BENEDETTI

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CARLA DE BENEDETTI after studying architecture in Milan and photography in Zurich, she opened her own independent studio in Milan, concentrating on architectural photography. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Domus, Abitare, Casa Vogue, House & Garden, and The New York Times.

CESARE BOSSI

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CESARE BOSSI i è il fondatore del laboratorio Acsaf, impegnato fin dal 1984 nella sperimentazione di tecniche e materiali per ampliare le possibilità di realizzazione e presentazione della fotografia d’autore.
www.acsaf.it

CLARE LITTLEWOOD

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Clare Littlewood è architetto del paesaggio e per più di dieci anni è stata la rappresentante italiana presso l’IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architecture). Collabora con numerose riviste internazionali come Gardenia, Abitare, Casaidea.

DARIA RICCHI

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DARIA RICCHI studied Architecture at the University of Florence. She is currently attending a postdoctoral course at Princeton University. She has written as a freelance journalist for Corriere della Sera, A10, Frame, Il Giornale dell’ Architettura, and Vanity Fair.

FRANCESCO ALBERTI

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FRANCESCO ALBERTI has been a practicing architect with the Florentine firm Studio Giorgiere (which specializes in the design of interiors and public spaces) for ten years. He is also a professor with the School of Architecture at the University of Florence.

GABRIELE BASILICO

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GABRIELE BASILICO is one of the best-known Italian photographers and, over the years, he has worked in various cities: Milan, Beirut, Bolzano, and Berlin among others. Amongst other things he was the first and only Italian to take part in the prestigious French photographic mission Datar, in 1984.

The shows and books by Gabriele Basilico are always an important meditation on landscape photography. His interest goes far beyond mere documentary photography and is, in fact, a necessary reference point for those occupied today with photography and town planning.

In a recent interview Basilico has said, “Obviously I take photographs with regard both to the principle and to the aesthetic experience of ‘vision’. In this sense I am wholly a photographer. But it is also true that photography, and not just as a language, has been part of the world of art for some time for which it has full credentials. I am, though, convinced that it is over-simplifying to say that photography is fully a part of the great sea of art research: it is one thing to use photography as a language in order to communicate a work conceived in another way (an installation, for example) but it is something different to interpret reality by considering it ‘photographically’”.

GIOVANNI ODONI

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GIOVANNI ODONI is the former director of Casa Vogue and current director of Casamica magazine (published by Corriere della Sera) and Case da Abitare.

IGOR MITORAJ

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IGOR MITORAJ was born in Oderan, Germany, from Polish parents. 
He had a classic painting education Krakow Academy of Fine Arts.. In 1968 he came to Paris to continue his studies at the National School of Fine Arts where he focused on painting. After traveling in South America for two years he decided to approach sculpture for the first time and his first solo sculpture exhibition was held at the Gallery la Hune in Paris in 1976. He then opened a sculpture atelier in Paris and traveled to New York and Greece where he studied classic sculpture. In 1979 he visited Carrara in Italy and decided that marble was the ideal material for his sculpture. Since the opening of his atelier in Pietrasanta in 1983, he has been living between Italy and Paris. 

JACQUES LEENHARDT

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JACQUES LEENHARDT is a writer and a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His fields of specialized study include art and landscape design.

JEAN-LOUP DARAUX

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JEAN-LOUP DARAUX has been an interior designer for many years and has worked on residences for several illustrious clients. His work as appeared in several publications worldwide, including Coté Sud and Veranda.

JULIA DROSTE-HENNINGS

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JULIA DROSTE-HENNINGS studied art history, philosophy, and German literature at the University of Salzburg. Since moving to the South of France in 1997 she has been involved in the elds of contemporary art and horticulture. She is the author of numerous publications, primarily on the art and culture of France.

LARA-VINCA MASINI

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LARA-VINCA MASINI is a contemporary art critic and has written many essays and monographs on the subject. She has also organized shows and exhibitions throughout Europe.

LUIGI GHIRRI

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LUIGI GHIRRI was born in Scandiano (Reggio Emilia) in 1943 and died in Roncocesi (Reggio Emilia) in 1992. One of the most important and influential figures in contemporary photography, he started his career in 1970, adopting an approach that was greatly influenced by conceptual art. His research soon attracted International attention. In 1975 Time-Life included him among the "Discoveries" of its Photography Year, and he showed at the Photography as Art exhibition at Kassel. In 1982 he was invited to the Photokina in Cologne, where, in the Photographie 1922-1982 exhibition, he was presented as one of the twenty most significant photographers of the 20th century. Towards the end of the 1970s, Ghirri began exhibiting with increasing frequency, and it was in this same period that the idea of doing some large-scale cultural promotion began to take shape.

He worked on a number of publishing projects for Punto e Virgola, which he founded together with Paola Borgonzoni and Giovanni Chiaramonte (1978-1980), and then on the organization of exhibitions such as Iconicittà (1980), Viaggio in Italia (1984) and Esplorazioni sulla Via Emilia (1986), which drew him into the centre of lively debate. He completed a range of public and private commissions in the 1980s, interpreting architecture and the Italian landscape, and offering a reading of the work of a number of prominent architects.

In 1985 Aldo Rossi invited him to work on the architecture section of the Venice Biennale and in 1988 he curated the photography section of the Milan Triennial. His long and deep reflection on the landscape theme culminated at the end of the 1980s with the publication of Italian landscape and II profilo delle nuvole, both of which appeared in 1989.

His art has been the subject of many books and his works are held in various museums around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Musée-Château (Annecy), Musée de la Photographie Réattu (Arles), Polaroid Collection (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Musée Nicéphore Niépce (Chalon-sur-Saòne), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea (Cinisello Balsamo, Milan), Archivio dello Spazio - Amministrazione Provinciale (Milan), Galleria Civica (Modena), Canadian Centre for Architecture - Centre Canadien d'Architecture (Montreal), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Cabinets des estampes - Bibliotèque Nationale (Paris), Fond National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), Fnac Collection (Paris), Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (Parma), Biblioteca Panizzi - Fototeca (Reggio Emilia), Palazzo Braschi - Archivio Fotografico Comunale (Rome).

MARCO MAGNI

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MARIELLA SGARAVATTI

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MARIELLA SGARAVATTI was born in Padua, Italy and studied architecture in Florence where she graduated with a specialization in landscape architecture. She has done freelance work designing gardens and she is currently active in gardening congresses and conventions. Her published works include Le passiflore and Le clematidi, both published by Calderini in Italy, and Tuscany Artists Gardens and Tuscany Artists Homes both published by Verba Volant.

MARIO CIAMPI

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MARIO CIAMPI has been an architectural photographer for more than twenty-five years and his work has appeared in numerous magazines worldwide, and in particular, Casa Vogue and Architectural Digest

MARIO CRESCI

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A photographer and visual designer, MARIO CRESCI was born in Chiavari, on the coast of Liguria, in 1942 and completed his studies with the advanced course of industrial design at the IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia) in Venice.
In the 1960s he broke new ground in the field of experimental photography, combining an artistic approach with graphic design and taking a particular interest in the use of visual languages for the analysis and interchange of the various forms of expression. From 1967 to 1969 he experienced the political tensions characteristic of the time, firstly in Milan and then in Rome, where he collaborated with such artists as Pino Pascali, Eliseo Mattiacci and Jannis Kounellis, and with Fabio Segantini’s Galleria L’Attico.
At the end of the 1960s, Cresci was living in Paris and Milan, where his interest in both art and politics led him to create one of the first photographic installations in Europe at the Galleria Il Diaframma. In 1974 he participated in the exhibition ‘Campo Dieci’ curated by Luciano Inga-Pin, also at the Galleria Il Diaframma.
In the 1970s he moved to Matera, in the region of Basilicata, and, until the end of the 1980s, undertook an artistic investigation of visual communication, using photography as a means of focusing public attention on the problems of southern Italy. From 1974 onwards he participated in a number of editions of the Venice Biennale, including the exhibition ‘Muri di Carta’ (at the 1993 Venice Biennale), curated by Carlo Arturo Quintavalle, and in major photographic exhibitions in Italy and abroad. A number of his photographs have been acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In 1995 a large exhibition devoted to his work, curated by Roberto Mutti, was held at the Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan. Since then he has had various exhibitions and created permanent and temporary installations in galleries, museums and other public spaces in Japan, Spain, France, Italy and the United States. A retrospective exhibition entitled ‘Le case della fotografia: Mario Cresci 1966–2003’, curated by Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, was held in 2004 at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin.
From 1992 to 2000 he was director of the Accadamia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo; from 1996 to 1999 he was artistic director of “Savignano Immagine”, an event devoted to contemporary photography. From 1998 to 2002 he contributed to the Sunday supplement of the business newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”, published in Milan.
Since 2004 he teaches “Theory and Methodology of Photography” at the biannual master class in photography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan.

MASSIMO CARMASSI

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MASSIMO CARMASSI is currently a professor at the University of Venice. All of Massimo and Gabriella Carmassi’s built projects are located in Italy. Recent works include the San Michele in Borgo public housing project in Pisa and a cemetery in Arezzo.

OLIVO BARBIERI

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OLIVO BARBIERI is an Italian artist and photographer of urban environments.
He is recognized for his innovative technique creating miniature still photography from actual landscapes by simulating shallow depth of field via the use of tilt-shift lens photography. Barbieri's technique simulates the shallow depth of field effect of macro photography by tilting the lens's angle to the back plane of the camera, which creates a gradual blurring at the top and bottom edges, or left and right edges of the filmed image. The technique is called selected focus and the effect is that picture of an actual city looks like the picture of a model.

Barbieri began his career in photograpy studying at DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Bologna. After 1971, his interest in photography grew and, initially, he focused his research on artificial lighting. In 1978, he took part in several exhibitions in Italy and also abroad. In 1989 he started to travel regularly to the Far East, particularly to China.

In 1993, 1995 and 1997 Barbieri exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, among other international exhibitions, and in galleries and museums throughout Europe, North America, and China. In 1996, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, devoted a retrospective to his work, which has been collected by museums worldwide.

In 2003 Barbieri started the site specific_project (photos and films) describing cities like Rome, Turin, Montreal, Amman, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Siviglia, New York and others.

PHILIP TINARI

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PHILIP TINARI is a writer and curator based in Beijing. He has written on China for many publications including Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He is China advisor to the international art fair Art Basel and academic consultant to Sotheby’s Hong Kong. He holds an A.M. in East Asian studies from Harvard and was a Fulbright fellow at Peking University.

RICHARD INGERSOLL

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RICHARD INGERSOLL was born in California and earned a doctorate in architectural history at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1983 to 1997 he was the editor of Design Book Review. He currently teaches at Syracuse University in Florence and at ETH Zurich.

ROBERTO PAPINI

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ROBERTO PAPINI (1883–1957) was an art historian and critic. Throughout his distinguished career he held various important positions within the sphere of contemporary art, most importantly as the director of the Galleria comunale di Prato, Pinacoteca di Brera and the Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna in Rome. His art criticism appeared in many journals and magazines and he also published several articles on urbanism.

ROBERTO VALERIANI

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ROBERTO VALERIANI is an art historian who teached History of Interior Design at the Facoltà di Architettura di Valle Giulia in Rome.

SABINE PANKERT

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SABINE PANKERT studied at the University of Dortmund School for Photo Design in Germany and was trained as a commercial photographer. She is among a growing number of the graduates from Dortmund who have had their work published internationally. Currently Mrs. Pankert is currently a freelance photographer and editor at Wohn!Design magazine in Stuttgart.