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Massimo Siragusa

Italian photographer, born in 1958 in Catania (Italy), Massimo Siragusa lives and works in Rome where he also teaches photography (European Institute of Design). Represented by VU' since 2018.

After studying political science, Massimo Siragusa develops his photographic writing practice in a personnal self-taught way, until his meeting with Ferdinando Scannia in 1987 makes him decide to settle as professional photographer.

Massimo Siragusa then undertakes to photograph the Italian territory in its broadest sense: in what he reveals of the people who walks over it, lives it, modifies it, gives it to see or on the contrary hides it. Natural or urban landscape, exterior or interior, heritage, contemporary or ordinary architecture, places of life, leisure or passage: he documents public spaces such as private or intimate ones with the same frontal process. Like a theatre set, planes accumulate, traces are juxtaposed, lines are drawn, colours are dyed in some unreal light. Behind fixed frame and apparent immobility, Massimo Siragusa's photographs point out differences and value similarities, sometimes up to vertigo and loss of reference points.

In parallel to these personal projects, Massimo Siragusa carries out commissioned works for Italian and international companies in the industrial, energy, hotel and luxury sectors.

Winner of prestigious awards including four world press, his work is regularly published in the international press (New York Times Magazine, Die Zeit, Geo Germany and Japan, Le Figaro Magazine), and exhibited throughout the world.


  Travelling : Roma, Italy

Series

The Emotion of Vertigo (2018)

From the cliffs of the beautiful island of Capri to the steep peaks of the Cortina d'Ampezzo, it is amazing to see the similar sensations that can evoke landscapes that seem to have no common features. Yet this is what Massimo Siragusa's photographs tell us, with the constant search for the feeling that expresses itself in the face of emptiness: vertigo. Vertigo of a dive into the sea, as this bronze statue back to the port, ready for a brave jump from the heights of Capri. Vertigo also of the climber of Cortina, on snow-covered summits which, by their stiffness, propose a careless descent on a carpet of trees. "The word'vertigo' has been the guide of all my work. The choice of places...

The Shared Space (2014)

"I was curious, and even a little excited, when I started this work on the clubs because, until that day, I had never been in any of them. I have discovered places where, behind an apparent immobility, something always happens. Spaces where everyone's stories, memory and shared values intertwine, to become the soul and cement of the place." (Massimo Siragusa) From the Acitrezza Fishermen's Club to the Parma Reading Club, from the Genoa Yacht Club to the Syracuse Railway Club, this series takes us into spaces that are sometimes inclusive and sometimes exclusive. Its subtitle, "Italy as told by clubs", recalls the photographer's journey across the entire peninsula to draw a portrait of...

Cities (2013)

From Rome to Berlin, from London to Paris via Turin or even Marseilles, Massimo Siragusa strolls his glance on the European streets and the passers-by who crowd there. Sometimes it is the lines of a building that hold our attention, other times an incongruous detail in a corner of the image. Everywhere we are like caught up in this world that opens before our eyes and loses us. Then begins a game in which we try to recognize the city in which we wander: a light that we want to believe typical or an element that we swear recognizable between a thousand needles to find the exit of this photographic labyrinth. Then remains the feeling that what separates us is very little compared to...

Theater of Italy (2011)

From what point of view did Massimo Siragusa want to depict Italy? Are these landscape photos? Are they "portraits of places"? Is it an anthropological repertoire without human figures, or almost? Is it an architectural repertoire? By looking at these images, one by one, we can see that they are - almost all - adapted to theatrical actions. I do not imagine them populated by daily life, but repopulated by different performances. Theatre in fact plays, in space, the function of a reference to memory: it does not fill space but evokes it, that is, it evokes the event or events from which space is born as space. This evocative energy runs through all the images of Siragusa. Italy is a land...

The Green Hour (2010)

The cracked profile of a face stands out, white, dazzling on a tree fence. Green, dense, shady. We are in Florence, in the Boboli Garden, one of the best examples of Italian gardens in the world and considered the best preserved in the country. Its architectural and panoramic structure as well as the collection of sculptures it houses make it a veritable open-air museum. We leave Florence for a trip that will allow us to discover the natural and architectural beauty of the parks that have won or reached the final stage of the competition "I parchi più belli d'Italia" ("the most beautiful parks in Italy"), sponsored by the FAI (Fondo per l'Ambiante Italiano). Turin is home to the Venaria...

Leisure Time (2007)

A journey through Italy by sea and land. Amusement parks, cruise ships in the Mediterranean, water parks, are miniature worlds to explore. Places often without identity frame the search for moments of relaxation to cure the stress of work produced by contemporary societies. In the notion of free time, as defined in the consumer society, the concept of time available for leisure activities (hobbies) and private enjoyment is implicit: free time is clearly linked with leisure time. This time of evasion can represent an instrument of social conditioning and a search for homologation of mass behavior, made possible in this way of using private time, which becomes consumption. The...

Books

Respirano i muri

For Paolo Di Stefano, the bond that unites a man to his own home is something profound and fundamental. The houses are furnished, lived, cared for and sometimes abandoned, absorbing the smells, moods, feelings and lives of those who live there and influencing them at the same time, becoming a fundamental part of man's most intimate memory. The book tells this relationship from the description of the house where he was born.
Text by: Paolo Di Stefano, Goffredo Fofi

Publisher: Editions Contrasto (2018)
149 pages
Size: 17x23,5 cm
ISBN :8869657337   

Teatro d’Italia

From what point of view did Massimo Siragusa want to depict Italy? Are these landscape photos? Are they "portraits of places"? Is it an anthropological repertoire without human figures, or almost? Is it an architectural repertoire? By looking at these images, one by one, we can see that they are - almost all - adapted to theatrical actions. I do not imagine them populated by daily life, but repopulated by different performances. Theatre in fact plays, in space, the function of a reference to memory: it does not fill space but evokes it, that is, it evokes the event or events from which space is born as space. This evocative energy runs through all the images of Siragusa. Italy is a land of theatres, a land of events which, in the force of their own advent, have dug into the space of their own representation.
Luca Doninelli
Text by: Luca Doninelli

Publisher: Editions Contrasto (2012)
146 pages
Size: 28x24 cm
ISBN :8869653575   

Bologna, lo spettacolo di una città

This book offers a long and fascinating itinerary through the city of Bologna, accompanied by photographs by Massimo Siragusa and Angelo Turetta, with an anthology of texts by authors from Dante to Carlo Lucarelli, from Stendhal to Lucio Dalla and Roberto Roversi. A "sentimental journey" inside this splendid and ancient city, accompanied by the images of two of the greatest interpreters of contemporary photography and the texts of great writers, artists and travelers who wanted and knew how to sing Bologna, its churches, its streets, its squares. A double path, therefore, in space and time. In the time that the texts awaken, historical memory of a city, and in the current space, through the snapshots of the two masters of contemporary documentation to which we have asked to tell, each in its own way with different and complementary styles, the Bologna of today.

Publisher: Editions Contrasto (2011)
200 pages
Size: 25,6x25,2 cm
ISBN :8869653358   

Le Stagioni del Parco

Le Stagioni del Parco is a photographic tale, with images by Fabio Lovino, Massimo Siragusa, Luca Campigotto and Mauro D'Agati, about twelve months of life, meetings and activities of the Musical Park. The four photographers followed, each according to his sensitivity, a visual path that shows us the protagonists of a year of intense activity in the Auditorium that culminated in the great event of the Film Festival. Thus, in a kaleidoscope of colours, the architecture of Renzo Piano photographed by Luca Campigotto intertwines with the faces of the great protagonists of music and cinema represented by Fabio Lovino, with the images of the public in Mauro D'Agati's photographs and with the artistic performances recounted by Massimo Siragusa, in an exhibition in which each spectator can recognise themselves as protagonists.

Publisher: Editions Contrasto (2007)
144 pages
Size: 28x28 cm
ISBN :8869650545   

Credi

In these photographs, the land of Sicily becomes the stage, the theatre and the soul of its people, of its oldest and most external rites, more true and more intimate. It is the story of a fire that is still kindled and reflected intact in adoration, suffering, resignation, rebellion and euphoria. Sounds, cries, expectations, processions, supplications, revelations, disguises, disguises, mixed with the frenzy of a mystical and ecstatic choir, are unicum indivisible but perfectly legible, in the intimacy of the night, as in the agitation of the hoods, in the rhythm of the steps as in the silence of prayer. Religion, coloured or faithfully Christian paganism, or even worn out and contaminated by popular enigmas, becomes the expression of self-recognition and liberating participation, the chrism of a sinuous and choreographic, repetitive and deafening event, but never the same as oneself.
Text by: Vincenzo Consolo, Maria Attanasio

Publisher: Sanfilippo (2003)
136 pages
Size: 24x18 cm
ISBN :8885127339   

Il cerchio magico

A place of fantastic charm, the circus retains a special charm. Hanging space, tents, clay and sawdust, glitter and white lead - everything seems possible. Massimo Siragusa has worked on the circus following both large productions and small tents. An innovative use of the camera and a preference for experimentation have allowed the creation of extraordinary images where a trapeze artist, an elephant, a horse, are stylized and transformed into their own symbol.

Publisher: Editions Contrasto (2001)
76 pages
Size: 29x25 cm
ISBN :8886982283   

Il Vaticano. Un itinerario tra storia, arte e vita



Publisher: Motta Federico (1999)
208 pages
Size: 24x26 cm
ISBN :8871792394   

Awards


    2015 - Friuli Venezia Giulia Photography Prize

    2014 - Sony World Photography Award, 2nd Prize, architecture category

    2014 - Moscow International Foto Award, interior category

    2014 - Moscow International Foto Award, 2nd prize, architecture category

    2013 - Marco Bastianelli Book Award

    2009 - World Press Photo

    2009 - World Press Photo, 3rd prize, contemporary issues category

    2008 - World Press Photo, 2nd prize, stories category

    2006 - Amilcare Ponchielli Award

    1999 - Fuji Film Euro Press Photo Award

    1999 - World Press Photo, stories category

    1997 - World Press Photo, 2nd prize, daily life category

    1992 - CGIL Contest, "a changing work" theme

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