Massimo Listri has been defined as an artist photographer who does not only photograph beauty, but as someone who creates it. He is capable of detecting a bright light in the grace that lies under the weather, under the dust of obliviousness and brin... more
|Artist Statement:||Massimo Listri has been defined as an artist photographer who does not only photograph beauty, but as someone who creates it. He is capable of detecting a bright light in the grace that lies under the weather, under the dust of obliviousness and brings to a vigorous presentation what might appear as rather lifeless. Listri is known for his ability to capture the very essence of architecture. He discovered and opened to light ancient castles, convents, monasteries, as well as gardens and villas; with his art of a contemporary beauty that the past has given us an inheritance.
Listri currently lives and works in Florence, and is co-founder with Vittorio Sgarbi and Franco Maria Ricci of FMR. FMR magazine imposed itself in the Italian editorial world during the early 80’s because of its exquisite perfection of the photographic apparatus. Listri with a special eye for beauty, is an untiring globetrotter always busy looking for those pallets of taste and culture that every country in the world hides within its architectural heritage.
In over three decades of career, he has patrolled all of Europe bringing to light design or decorative trends scoured to oblivion by the advent of new aesthetic guidelines or the inaccessibility of buildings to protect them, but also has evidenced our inability to capture the charm of the places of everyday life. "Listri’s eye - said Vittorio Sgarbi -" educates us to see what we risk not to see, or not to warn, especially the harmonious volumes of the rooms. Listri loves symmetry, the vanishing points, the lateral view, extending the field of view up to the extreme limit." Camillo Langone writes, one of the finest and most spirited writers of Italian journalism, "Oscar Wilde wanted to live up to its chinaware, I want to live up to Massimo Listri’s photography, the greatest Italian photographer of interiors .... Listri shoots great pictures in beautiful surroundings, so it's beauty to the square, radiance that may cause dizziness to over sensitive people (Listri’s syndrome). Even people of average sensitivity, as they approach his large images hear a voice from out of this world asking: "Are you worthy?”
In fact, no one knows how Listri stages a room, whichever way, augmenting its beauty in this photographic double to represent the ideal location, where we never get tired of looking at and where you would want to be no matter the cost, except maybe to realize, reading the caption that accompanies the work, that you have gone by this place a thousand times and not seen it, indifferent to its grace.
Listri is considered one of the greatest photographers of interiors and architecture in the world. He collaborates with several magazines including "AD" and "FMR", which he co-founded in 1981 with Vittorio Sgarbi. He has published about 58 books, since the early eighties. His large portraits of interiors have hosted exhibitions in prestigious public institutions.
|Exhibitions:||- "Listri" Palazzo Reale, Milan, February 14 - March 30, 2008. Catalog Federico Motta Editore
- "Libraries" Museo Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato, June 15 – October 11, 2009. Volume of interest: The charm of the Libraries, Allemandi Umberto & C. Publisher
-"The Beauty of Florence. Museums and Art Spaces in the photographs of Massimo Listri " Palazzo Pitti, Florence, September 12 - October 18, 2009. Catalog Allemandi Umberto & C. Publisher
- "Great European Libraries: A Photographic Journey" Morgan Library New York, December 8, 2010 – January 9, 2011
|Artist Tags:||photography, europe, palace, library, italy|