BY PAOLO ROSSELLI
Paolo Rosselli was introduced to photography by Ugo Mulas at the age of 20. After the degree in Architecture he chooses photography. Since then, his approach to architecture through photography evolves in many directions, to contemporary architecture for the architecture quarterly Lotus and the monthly Domus and Abitare; towards masters of modern architecture as Giuseppe Terragni, and in the direction of the past, the Renaissance architecture in Italy. Beside this activity, he has pursued specific researches on contemporary urban landscape and on the interiors of the home. He was invited to the Venice Biennial in three editions: in 1993 he exhibited a group of works on messages found in the cities, in 2004 an exploration on the interior of the home and in 2006, he showed images of contemporary cities. In the books Sandwich digitale and Scena Mobile, 2009 and 2012, he has collected a group of texts on photography and about the changes in the perception of the real world in the digital age. In all, he is author of around twenty books. Paolo Rosselli was teacher of photography at the Milan Polytechnic. He lives and works in Milan.
As we know, since the beginning of photography, architecture has become a major subject for photographers. Framing architecture allows a photographer to accurately show the real condition of a specific place. Moreover, through architecture, a photographer is able to express his personal view of the world. It’s a different understanding of the space, which gradually introduces perceptions that are not connected with the standard notion of the photographic record.
This "new perception" occurs when the photographer stops or suspends his analytical look and indulges in a wider and more tolerant perception of what exists around him: in that moment the gaze towards architecture becomes also a personal experience of a place. This is one of the sides of architectural photography; the side that is less focused on the construction of a building and more open to suggestions and implications that a building establishes with the everyday life of a city as Tokyo, Barcelona, Beijing, Milano - it doesn’t matter where this city is. (Milan, 7.2015).
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