My X30 Tales: It’s All About Winning Over a “Wild” Little Camera in Fuji X Passion October 2020 issue.
“So what is Matteo’s secret?… Apart from his natural talent and tendency to get himself right in the middle of the action where everything happens, the explanation is quite direct and simple, he does what all of us photographers should do.” (Hugo Pinho, co-founder and editor of the Fuji X Passion magazine)
Thursday, September 24, at Paula Nora Seegy’s Artespressione Gallery (via della Palla 3 in Milan): OUT OF THE NIGHT opening. The exhibition by Milanese photographer and essayist Matteo Ceschi curated by Matteo Pacini is scheduled during the 15th edition of Milano Photofestival, “Scenari, orizzonti, sfide. Il mondo che cambia”.
Originally scheduled for April 2020, the exhibition was postponed because of the pandemic. The 24 September opening inaugurates Artespressione’s 2020 events program. OUT OF THE NIGHT presents an inter-generational look at the jazz music scene, past and present, by two great photographers: a visual and musical tale lasting 40 years.
Inspired by Joe Henderson’s classic standard, OUT OF THE NIGHT puts together and compares Matteo Ceschi’s black and white frames, taken during JazzAscona 2019 and Jazz Cat Club Ascona’s 2019-2020 season and Swiss photographer Maurizio Gonnella’s precious film photos (from Luciano Bignotti’s Archive) taken during the 1970s and early 1980s editions of Estival Jazz Lugano.
Gonnella was a highly regarded public figure in Lugano and Canton Ticino, where he was an appreciated visual artist and a well respected musical and cultural connoisseur. Gonnella’s stage and backstage black and white shots blend with Matteo Ceschi’s recent ones: both Gonnella’s and Ceschi’s frames record the evolution of the changing jazz music scene, reflecting its magic, its everlasting vibrant and thrilling vibes.
Originating from an authentic fascination with music, Matteo Ceschi’s black and white shots find in Blue Note Records producer and photographer Francis Wolff’s works a narrative and stylistic reference model. Approaching the music world with a typical street/straight photography philosophy, Ceschi tells us what happens on stage but also everything that happens away from the eyes of the audience: today, in a very intricate and difficult historical period, Ceschi’s unadulterated portraits can help the audience regain those vibes and real emotions of the live shows they are missing so much at present.
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)