Mario Giacomelli (1925 – 2000)
Walter Bastari, painter, Italia, Senigallia, 1991
From the series »Il pittore Bastari«
Mario Giacomelli developed his significant photographic style in landscapes and documentary series since the Fifties. The captivating sharp black-and-white contrasts and graphic qualities of his works are internationally appreciated.
Living in the same hometown as the then already famous photographer, painter Walter Bastari (born 1946) commissioned Giacomelli to portray him for the curriculum vitae section of an exhibition catalogue. Photographs were taken in the painter's studio and at the environments of Senigallia where both came up with extraordinary image ideas and ironic poses – finally the accumulated results were published as a photo book. In one of the most felicitous pictures of the series a wisp of Bastari's hair cuts across his face like a paint stroke.
Vintage Gelatin silver print
Image dimensions 29,8 x 39,8 cm (29,8 x 39,8 inch)
Object dimensions 29,8 x 39,8 cm (29,8 x 39,8 inch)
Mounting, Framing Archival mat board 50x60 cm
Photographer's signature and handwritten title, »Margini« stamp in ink with blind-stamped date »28-02-91« on the reverse
Alistair Crawford, Mario Giacomelli, New York 2001, p. 84; Achille Bonito Oliva (ed.), Mario Giacomelli. Vita del pittore Bastari, Napoli 2003.
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