Mario Giacomelli

19.10.2012 in10:57 in Art, Documentary -->


Mario Giacomelli (1925 – 2000) was Italian painter, poet and photographer known for his wonderful motion shots of Italian priests and stark black and white landscapes. He also was noted for his documentary photographs of Italian life and his abstract black and white landscapes.
Giacomelli began photographing aged 30, taking as his principal subject matter the people and landscape of his native Senigallia. Influenced by Italian Neorealist cinema, he nevertheless found in his subjects something deeply personal. Giacomelli‘s approach to photography was essentially as an artist, yet in the 1950s and 1960s, when his influence was at its peak, photography had not yet been accepted as an art form in Italy. His photographic oeuvre is staggeringly varied, but his images all share a strong graphic quality and a concern with suffering and decay.