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Mario Giacomelli (Italian, 1925-2000)

Mario Giacomelli photographed farmlands around Senigallia, Italy, creating surreal hillsides with radical perspective and exposure techniques. Concentrating on the marks made by machines, he sometimes rented tractors to create or enhance pattern or shape. He made aerial photographs to intensify the verticality of the space, and also etched trees, mounds, or hoes into his negatives. In 1960, he was commissioned by the Catholic Church to document the lives of young priests, in seminaries, whom he often photographed during their leisure activities. His earth sculpting and the marking of his negatives associate him with Frederick Sommer, Henry Holmes Smith, Christo, and Robert Smithson.
- Jill Alikas St. Thomas

Selected Bibliography
Alinder, James, Mario Giacomelli untitled 32. San Francisco: Friends of Photography, 1983.

Brigidi, Stephen, and Peeps, Claire, V.C., Mario Giacomelli untitled 32, San Francisco: Friends of Photography, 1983.

Crawford, Alistair, Mario Giacomelli, London: Phaidon Books, 2001


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