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Pasquale Mascia's Gallery   -   Artist Biography
I am a street photographer in Milano. I graduated at Civica Scuola di Fotografia of Milano in late 90s. Giovanni Chiaramonte was my teacher and presented my first personal exhibition when I was a student. He's still a friend of mine and always encourages me to show and submit my works. After graduating at I.U.L.M. - Milano I was editor at Duel, the movies magazine directed by Gianni Canova, and I co-wrote Enciclopedia del Cinema Garzanti. In 2001 Duel published my portfolio Polufloisboio – deeply resounding, about archeological architecture in Greece as memory of a glorious past in contrast with a prosaic present. I attended to a Master of Fotografia del Territorio at Politecnico di Milano. I worked as interiors photographer, then as still photographer in tv fictions. After a Master of Cinema at Scuola del Cinema di Milano I started to work as assistant director and that's my job since ten years (you can see my professional profile at http://it.linkedin.com/pub/pasquale-mascia/8/90b/837). I’m deeply inspired by American photographs of the Thirties (Evans, Lange, Weston) and by the work of Lee Friedlander. I’m linked to Italian school of landscape photography of Eighties and Ninenties, (Basilico, Cresci, M. Jodice, Ghirri, Chiaramonte) passing through a master as Paolo Monti… even if I dislike tripod, with medium format cameras too. I realized various black and white portfolios. I'm interested in transient aspects of town: under construction urban areas drawing provisional itineraries and facades, shadows blades as temporary borders and doorsteps, paper faces looking from city walls as prisoned, speechless gods; angels in town embodied in statues and people. You can find these themes in my portfolio Milanolabile – temporary city, 60 fiber based paper prints from medium format black and white negative film. I constantly photograph South Italy as a land of memory and mystery, as you can see in portfolios Calabrolucane and Otranto, the last one dedicated to the most eastern town in Italy. I use different film formats: 35mm, 6x6cm, 6x7cm, panoramic (24x54mm). I print by myself my portfolios, but I rely on professional fine art labs for committed prints. I work with instant films too, Polaroid (600 and Image) and Fuji (Instax). In polaroids urban and natural landscapes are like a theatre scenery, artificial elements are more real than natural ones, representations of places confuses with the real ones, reflections discover spaces of mystery, illusion and dream. Fuji cold colors and Instax format inspire me a less dreamlike and more documentary mood.


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