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08.12.2009

 

Winter Stories - haunting photographs by Paolo Ventura both in a book and on show in Paris and New York

Winter omits a feeling of coldness and of a faraway time. Only individual people are still finding their way to the far. The sword swallower is left to rely on the cashier for an audience and the wirewalker walks his way into dubiousness. The staged pictures by Paolo Ventura show a dark and dreamy Italy of a different era, The works are exhibited in Paris and New York.

Using self-constructed requisites, rummaged together from waste and dioramas, Ventura creates fictional scenes within a forlorn little city. The man posing as a pilot behind the painted propeller airplane suggests as much megrim and gloom as the clown on the wooden chair, who seems to beckon us to a welcoming in his open arms.

A master of narrative photography, the artist awakens the tales through his self-created miniature sets. Paolo Ventura was born 1968 in Milan, where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.

His works are exhibited internationally, as for example at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France, at the photography museum in Den Haag or at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. He lives and works in New York City.

A snowy landscape and melancholic faces can quickly turn into pre-Christmas commerce. Two galleries and publications resist the trend and present, with justified Noblesse, Paolo Ventura's “Winter Stories”

We strongly recommended the introduction of the aforementioned galleries to the wallets of anyone who is looking for something different to put under the Christmas tree and happens to be in New York or Paris. Everyone else should just a bag a copy of the limited edition book.

Winter Stories

Photographs by Paolo Ventura
Essay by Eugenia Parry
Limited to 2000 copies
Bound Edition
120 Pages
65 Motifs
68 €

Galerie Camera Obscura

268, Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
05.12.2009 - 30.01.2010

Private view and book signing:
Sat, 05.12.2009
4pm - 7pm

Hasted Hunt Kraeutler
537 West 24th Street
New York

10.12.2009 - 23.01.2010
Tue - Sat, 11am - 7pm


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Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories

Camera Obscura : Paolo Ventura - Winter Stories