Saturday, October 24, 2009
Photographic High Drama
Paolo Ventura on Winter Stories from Aperture Foundation on Vimeo.
Italian photographer, Paolo Ventura is a virtuoso storyteller. He does it all with the aid of sophisticated small props, dramatic lighting and the meticulous detail of a magician. Using large format Polaroids with a minimal color palette, Ventura constructs dreamy, Fellini-inspired sets to recreate scenes of a war-torn Italy or the saga of an Italian clown's melancholic reverie during his dying days. His narratives are often dark and alluring, yet they invite us inside the frame where we are allowed to explore a time in history found only in black and white movies and photographs. Truly mesmerizing!