Gabriele Basilico at Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris

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Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris presents “Basilico before Basilico. Travel diaries 1969, 1970, 1971,” a solo exhibition by Gabriele Basilico. Gabriele Basilico (1944-2013) was one of the best known documentary photographers in Europe. Cities and industrial landscapes were his fields of investigation. In 1983, the PAC in Milano presented his first important exhibition “Milano, ritratti di fabbriche.” In 1984 and 1985, he took part in the D.A.T.A.R. photographic mission, following the French government’s initiative to document the changes in the national landscape of the time. He was then invited to participate in many similar projects in different European countries. In 1990, he was awarded the International Great Prize of the Photography Month thanks to “Porti di mare” shown in Paris, a photographic research on various seaports. In 1994, Foundation/Gottardo Gallery in Lugano presented an important retrospective gathering fifteen years of photography (1978-1993), a travelling exhibition shown in main European museums. On this occasion, the book “L’esperienza dei luoghi” was published. “Basilico before Basilico. Travel diaries 1969, 1970, 1971,” curated by Giovanna Calvenzi, exhibits the photographs of three fundamental journeys undertaken by the artist who was then 25 years old.In 1969, Gabriele Basilico, an architecture student, travelled through Scotland. He was still a student when he visited Iran in 1970 and later Morocco in 1971. He had not yet made a choice between architecture and photography, two fields that greatly fascinated him. Along three summer trips with his friends, he took photographs as an amateur, though in different ways, according to the situations. In Glasgow, he only took about thirty images that reflect his budding interest in urban landscape. In Iran, he relates the magic scenery he drove through during his long journey from Italy to Persepolis. But he also shows people, mosques, markets, and pieces of architecture. On his journey though Morocco, he went with the clear idea of making a travel impressions book and structured his images by taking photographs of people, meetings, festivals, landscape, practicing a kind of social photography, but also attentive to the use of shadow, which began to become his hallmark.The exhibition will be on view from November 7 through December 23, 2017 at Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, 51 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, France.For details, visit: on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks. 

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