WHEN ART COMES FROM THE STREETS

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Since the first large graffiti appeared on the walls of Philadelphia in the mid-Sixties as territorial warnings by the local gangs – see Jack Stewart’s Graffiti Kings. New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970s (NY: Abrams, 2009) – street art has had a double “social” meaning: the first is the author’s; the second is the meaning that passers-by give to what they see.

As with a song – in particular topical/protest songs – the skill of passers-by in appropriating street works becomes the core of the street’s independent art system: the feeling that the artwork arouses stays on the wall in a lasting way and can also condition the author and influence works to come.

The dual nature of the street work – whether a painting, a graffiti, a stencil, etc. – places the photographer/observer in a condition of knowing both sides of the coin.

Observing a street artwork in a neighborhood instead of another makes a huge difference. Knowing a street artist and seeing him at work in the street helps even more to understand how in the last three decades an independent/underground art became the center of attention for collectors and art galleries all around the world.

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The series of black and white frames (taken with mirrorless cameras Fuji X100 and FujiFilm X30 and without the use of additional lights) were recorded in two moments: during the night, while artist Osmo Kalev created his work; and the day after when the work, whose title is RIOT, was already being lived by passers-by and curious people in the neighborhood – stickers and tags add new perspective to the work.

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UNA NOTTE DA ALPINI

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A long and happy night with the Alpini celebrating the 92th Adunata nazionale dell’Associazione nazionali alpini (Ana) in Milan. Don’t care about blur, fun is always on the move! (FujiFilm X30)

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“A FRIEND” BY IBRAHIM MAHAMA

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A Friend, an Ibrahim Mahama’s large-scale temporary installation (sponsored by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi/curated by curated by Massimiliano Gioni) in Milan. The Ghanese artist wrapped Porta Venezia Gateway with hundreds jute sacks. (Shots taken with Fuji X100)

<Through his research and the transformation of materials, Mahama investigates some of today’s most important issues: migration, globalization, and the circulation of goods and peoples across borders and between nations.> (A Friend press kit)

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WHEN F/50 COLLECTIVE MEMBERS MEET – LONDON 2019

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Me & Steve Coleman around Central London, late January 2019. Finally I meet my f/50 The International Photography Collective friend in person. ENJOY!

ALLA RICERCA DI UNO SPAZIO CULTURALE

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Each of us has dreamed once as a child of being an astronaut. Years after those reveries, a typical reading lamp from the Seventies and a rubber action figure bring back the childish dream. My FujiFilm X30 did the rest. The sidereal space is now ready to be conquered…

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PEOPLE – PRIMA LE PERSONE

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Today (March 2) anti-racist rally in Milan with civil society organizations and DJ and political activist Simon Samaki Osagie. PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER! (Shots taken with Fuji X100)

#noborders #fuckracism #people #peoplehavethepower #democracy #resistance #primalepersone #antiracist #insiemesenzamuri

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LIVE ACT PHOTO SERVICE

Live Act Photo Service_by Fede

Are you in Milan with your band for a live show/showcase or a recording session?

I am a photographer/essayist/music journalist, member of f/50 The International Photography Collective.

I’ve been in the music business for more than twenty years. Now, I am a columnist for Swiss Pnp Magazine and for Indiana Music Magazine and a contributing author/photographer for Fuji X Passion and Olympus Passion magazines.

In my ROCK MUSIC ARCHIVES you can find people like Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell & Soundgarden, Wayne Kramer & MC5, Soft Machine and indie/underground musicians too.

If you are tired of the usual boring photo sessions, please contact me. In addition to the live performance I can also photograph all the soundcheck & backstage situations. (Photo: Me and Zara McFarlane at Blue Note, Milan, 2018 – by Federico Ramponi)

CONTACT: ceschimatteo@gmail.com