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Paolo Verzone

Born in 1967 in Turin. Lives in Paris.

Paolo Verzone is unclassifiable, which he likes. With a background in journalism, a field where he continues to work, he has long known that the printed page is not the only place to present a vision or point of view. Thus, alone or with his collaborator, Alessandro Albert, he has undertaken large scale projects that take an in-depth look into today’s world. The most remarkable includes his survey of seaside bathers along the Italian, Lithuanian, French and Finnish coasts. The project spanned many years. His intimate and strict portraits leave room for laughter while representing characters who become a funny but not always joyful reflection of our society. This “leisure society” he frames is neither in place or voided of its own caricature.


  Travelling : Paris, France

Portfolio

Portraits

Stories

Karlberg Military Academy, Sweden (2013)

This series on the Karlberg Military Academy in Sweden is an extract from Paolo Verzone's long term project on European military academies. Between 2009 and 2013, Paolo Verzone has travelled throughout Europe to realize the portraits of cadets from the most important academies of the continent. Interested since for a long time in the quest of a European identity – particularly in his work "Seeuropeans" Paolo Verzone met these young officers who are a symbol of the link that exists between their school's traditions and their history, and the future these cadets hold for Europe's military system. In each of these academies, Paolo Verzone has chosen to shoot portraits in symbolic places...

Will and Kate Forever (2011)

On April 29, 2011, the British Royal Family was marrying Prince William, heir to the throne, making London the centre of attention of almost 2 billion viewers. Paolo Verzone was among the million of bystanders, elbowing his way to testify of both the festive atmosphere of that day and the preparations which were organized with a military discipline and were meant to display the symbolic force the British monarchy still possesses.

Chessboxing goes Russia (2009)

The Siberian Chess Boxing Organisation (SCBO) in cooperation with the World Chess Boxing Organisation (WCBO) proudly present: Chessboxing goes Russia – first tournament in Krasnoyarsk When Nikolay Sazhin won the world championship in the light heavyweight division in July 2008 it was obvious that Russia would play an im portant role in chessboxing. Sazhin returned with the belt and the vision to spread this sport in Siberia. As a consequence the SCBO was founded by the champion, Roman Lavrenov and Vladimir Makarov. The idea of chessboxing originates from the comic “froid equateur “(literally ‘cold equator’) by Enki Bilal. Chessboxing was initially conceived by the Dutch...

Iceland economic crisis (2008)

Paolo Verzone gives us a visual walk in an Iceland falling prey to an economical crisis which increase a crepuscular atmosphere of the insular North. First state to have to pay for the crash of the financial markets, Iceland had to face to his own bankrupt. The photographer crosses those dreary plains, hostiles and uninhabited. Each picture carries its own absence: we can see that human absence is a metaphor of the humanity’s absence of financial exchanges.

Michel Platini, President of UEFA (2008)

Paolo Verzone followed Michel Platini wherever he went at the end of January. The UEFA president's schedule was at the time mainly filled by an official visit in Russia for the final of the Independent States Community and Baltic countries Cup in St Petersburg.

Ceasefire in Beirut (2006)

Lebanon, Beirut, 15th August 2006. first 3 days of ceasefire. Dahiyeh, Haret Hreik, Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut after 33 days of israeli bombing.

Syriana (2006)

Paolo Verzone starts his story with panoramic views. Syrian desert landscapes are enduring the same treatment than the painted walls of the city. Then Verzone leaves the panoramic to come back to a more intimate and more precise photography.

Beirut (2004)

In 2004, Paolo Verzone worked on the lebanese capitale, he dealed with life there and its inhabitants. 15 years after the civil war between christians and muslims in Lebanon, difficulties concerning Beirut are a reflect of the situation in the whole Near-East. Paolo Verzone manages to show a lighting city. Situated between Syria and the Mediterranean sea, the city is the place where roads and cultures meet. The place remains the souvenirs of fightings and also shows a sweet way of life.

Peshawar (1994)


Books

Seeuropeans

Ce projet photographique a été entrepris dans toute l’Europe, il entend créer une grande galerie de portraits des Européens sur la plage.

A priori, toutes les plages se ressemblent, de même que se ressemblent tous ceux qui les fréquentent. Pourtant, les portraits issus de l'investigation des deux photographes soulignent les nombreuses différences qui peuvent exister entre les gens, sur les plages européennes, du nord au sud. Ce qui se dégage surtout de ces images, c'est combien, sur la plage, peuvent s'exprimer de manière surprenante les particularités de la société à laquelle on appartient. Or, dans le contexte actuel, il leur a paru primordial de mettre en valeur la multiplicité, l'individualité et les singularités de chacun, selon le pays dans lequel il évolue.
Photographies d'Albert & Verzone
Text by: Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Images Plurielles Editions (2012)
120 pages
Size: 22 x 22 cm
ISBN :2919436058   

Sorprendente Torino

Il libro “Sorprendente Torino” è un percorso fotografico attraverso una Torino inedita, sconosciuta, contemporanea ma incredibilmente reale; una Torino ricca di contraddizioni suggestive dalla dimensione umana inaspettata, una città a cui ci si affeziona e a cui la Maison Hermès è ormai visceralmente legata da dieci anni.
Text by: Giuseppe Culicchia

Publisher: SilvanaEditoriale (2007)

Volti di Passaggio

Siamo in una via di Mosca, subito dopo il colpo contro Gorbacev. Alcuni russi, scelti dal caso, sono invitati a posare davanti alla macchina fotografica a banco ottico di due giovani torinesi, Alessandro Albert e Paolo Verzone.
Marina Miraglia
Text by: Marina Miraglia

Publisher: Peliti (1992)
64 pages
Size: 21x24 cm
ISBN :8885121136   

Awards


    2011 - Sony World Photography Award, Fine Art Portraits

    2010 - PGB Photo Award - 2nd Prize of the Sport Picture f the Year

    2010 - American Photography 26 : selected

    2009 - World Press Photo - 3rd Prize stories Sports Features

    2009 - IPA International Photography Awards : Honorable mention Portrait, Personality

    2009 - American Photography 25 : selected

    2001 - Canon Giovani photography Award

    2000 - Foundation Studio Marangoni Award , Florence.

    2000 - "Attention Talent Photo" Award - Gallery Fnac Paris

    2000 - World Press Photo Award

    1992 - Kodak Award of European Panorama, Arles

Corporate



 Biography

 Biographie de Paolo Verzone

Prix et bourses

2000 Premio per un progetto Fotografico
2000 Attention Talent Photo 2000, Fnac Gallery, Paris - France
2001 World Press Photo
2001 Best Portfolio of the Canon Giovani Fotografi


Expositions

2008 European Works, Cité de l'Architecture, group exhibition – Paris and Brussels
2007 Sorprende Torino, exhibition on the Piazza Castello, Turin - Italy
2005 Paris Photo, VU' Gallery, Paris - France
2004 Exposition Fotografia Festival Internazionale of Rome - Italy


Parutions

Danseurs Balinais, Géo Italie
Rebbeca Gomperts, Della Repubblica
Viktor&Rolf, Amica
Portaits à la Commission Européenne, Amica
Michel Platini, Le Monde 2
Michel Platini, Le Temps


Bibliographie

2008 European Works, group publication, Filigranes Editions 2007 Sorprendente Torino, Silvana Editoriale
2005 Quotodiano al Femminile, Ed. Lines


Corporate

Alenia Spazio
Boston Consulting Group
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie de Paris La Vilette
Coca Cola
Commission Européenne
Conseil Régional d’Île de France
CNP Assurances
CSA
Deutsche Bank
Egis
Finmeccanica
Hermès
HSBC
Max Havelaar
Nestlé
Novexel
Olivetti
Orpea
Procter&Gamble
Proskaeur Rose
SAP
Telecom Italia
Victor&Rolf


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