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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SISTERS IN THE NIGHT

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Sisters in the Night, Milano, early April 2018 [Olympus OM-D E-M5]

“LONDON NOTES” IN FUJI X PASSION MAGAZINE

LONDON NOTES + Fuji X Passion

LONDON NOTES, my latest b&w street reportage from London (with FujiFilm X30 and Olympus OM-D E-M5) now in Fuji X Passion Magazine. ENJOY!

See also Olympus Passion Magazine!

LONDON NOTES

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LONDON NOTES (late January 2018): a project of poetry and photography inspired by weather and people in the street… and beers. [all shots taken with FujiFilm X30 and Olympus OM-D E-M5]

 

A white queen in the middle of the night.

White Queen smokes and chats.

London as it is and London as it will be.

It will be sunny tomorrow.

Brexit or remain?

A well-chosen beer provides the answer.

Bad people go to hell? I don’t think so…

 

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NIGHT SHOTS IN GONVILLE & CAIUS COLLEGE

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Gonville & Caius College

I’m very proud to add my “b&w bricks” to the glorious history of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. For the full photo series see Gonville & Caius Facebook official page.

All shots are taken with FujiFilm X30 and Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Thanks to Lucy Ward and Melissa Calaresu.

REMOTECLICKING FIRST PHOTO PROJECT

Now on-line in free-download #remoteclicking (© 2017 Matteo Ceschi & Federico Ramponi) first photo project in Japan. Discover the noir side of “The Land of the Rising Sun”!

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DOWNLOAD: Remoteclicking JAPAN Book