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Photography: Color, Digital, C-type on Aluminium.
Franco Sortini's photographic research takes place within the urban and suburban areas of Italy and other European countries, and focuses methodically on the elaboration of objective views of the agglomerations and infrastructures that determine the looks and the inner mechanics of such areas. Buildings, roads, public facilities, construction sites; places to live in, walk through, use, renovate: not only the inimitable areas of ancient city centres, but also the suburban ones that tend to be aseptic and standardized, where the landscape is defined by mostly ephemeral and globally adopted elements based on standard forms. And yet objectivity is never absolute: the decision on what to see, how to see it and how to show it is the result of a careful personal reasearch; some procedural traits, as well as their effects on the rendering of the photographs, are undoubtably recurrent but they don't become inviolable paradigms, so within certain well pondered limits Sortini reserves himself the freedom to introduce variations.