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The bivouac of Mauer Park - Limited Edition of 10 Photograph

Michele Pero


Photography, Black & White on Paper

Size: 24 W x 16.9 H x 0 D in

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During my journeys through Germany, I often stopped in Berlin. In summer Berliners love to spend their free time in open air, gathering in parks and eventually doing barbecue while chatting with friends. These are special moments of quietness and relax which I find very important in a person's life. In that day of summer at Mauer Park in Berlin, some friends started a fire to make it over the night, for to spend it around it, making barbecue and drinking beer for a pleasant intro to the weekend. This is what I link to "dolce vita". I was there with my camera, always ready to take snapshots of daily life around me, and I took this amazing shot counter sun, with the shadows of the standing people extending in front of me. The whole picture recalls a pretty quiet moment of an outdoor field trip to country. It brings me memories of my past, when I was a teenager and I was used to do this with my friends in Italy. How often this will happen again to me? Good question. I took this picture in black and white, as usual for me, when I take street photos nowadays. The camera was a Pentax K1000 with a wide angle 28 mm lens, the only wide angle focal I do use for taking photos of people. This picture is part of the project "La Dolce Vita Made in Germany".

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Photography:Black & White on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:24 W x 16.9 H x 0 D in

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I took my first picture in 1984 and became full time professional photographer in 1992. Throughout the years I could make a wide range of experiences in the fields of commercial photography and photojournalism, as well as in the school system with my own courses and, later on, with my own school of photography. How did it all started? I was introduced to darkroom by photographer Attilio Di Bacco, an expert photographer of my town and, above all, a master darkroom printer. Attilio taught me all the photography tricks and trade secrets so I began my journey into the world of black and white photography. Throughout the nineties and the first years 2000 decade, while I was studying biology at the University of Florence, I began working with a commercial photography studio. My work for the studio would help me to become an expert in all professional photographic techniques. In the same years I was carrying out documentary photography. In 1996 I completed my most important reportage of the times: Albania’s Albanians. Later retitled ‘Albania Felix’ by ‘Sette’ magazine Italy’s first photo-editor Amilcare Ponchielli, it was acclaimed for being the first photo essay on Albania that showed the human side of the country. My Albania, a poor, yet happy country, ‘normal’ in its being different from our culture, went against the trends of photojournalism. Indeed, unlike the most hit photojournalistic subjects such as sad and dirty faces of street children, the despair of the poor and urban neglect, I regarded my subjects with impartial eyes. I was able to go beyond preconceived ideas and stereotypes and thus capture an unexpected reality. A testament to the effectiveness of such an approach to photojournalism came from Giovanna Calvenzi’s assessment, the photo-editor of Lo Specchio magazine and currently one of the top photo-editor in the world: ‘I see you are not a talker. You are not like your colleagues who go on and on about the stories behind their photos… - I replied: – If I had wanted to talk, I would have become a lawyer. I believe a good picture should speak on its own.’ - She bought my photo essay and I got my first commission with her. My photographs have been featured and republished in all Italian newspapers and magazines. They have also been featured in numerous magazines in the world. My series of photographs of Kosovo has been critically acclaimed worldwide for their originality.

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