Alessandro Albert was born in Turin in 1965. He started photography by using his father's camera as a child. Self-taught, he began specializing in black and white.
Paris-based photographer Paolo Verzone was born in Turin, Italy in 1967. Since he began taking pictures at the age of 18, he has always divided his photography between portraiture and reportage.
The two photographers meet in the 1980â€™s and decide to work together on large-scale projects, such as the Moscow Project and Seeuropeans, that was awarded at the World Press Photo in 2001 and received the 1992 Kodak Award of photography.
Strict view camera portraits, within a documentary tradition giving room to smile, even laughter, they show characters that become the funny but not always encouraging reflection of our society.
Portraits of european people at the beach (1994-2002).
Undertaken the summer of 1994 throughout Europe, this photographic project of Albert and Verzone aims to create a large collection of portraits of European people on the beach.
At first sight, all beaches look the same, as well as all the people who populate them. Nevertheless, these portraits accentuate the many differences that exist between the people on European beaches, from North to South.
From all these pictures it becomes overwhelmingly evident that, on a beach, the particularities of our own societies can express themselves in a surprising way. In their current situation, however, it appears in a primordial way to the two...
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
2011 - Sony World Photography Award, Fine Art Portraits
2010 - American Photography 26 : selected
2010 - PGB Photo Award - 2nd Prize of the Sport Picture f the Year
Albert and Verzone travelled all over European beaches, from North to South, meeting bathers. From Italy to Lithuania, from France to Finland, from Greece to Spain and spanning the years, this series of portraits follows a documentary tradition that leaves a smile on our faces, even laughter, and make the characters become the reflection, though not always cheerful, of our society. The Â«Â leisure societyÂ Â» is neither invested, nor divested of its own caricature ...
THE MOSCOW PROJECT\r\rRight from the beginning, it has been a very simple postulate and operation consisting of one tripod, a camera, some symbolic Muscovite places and a sign in Russian inviting passers-by to pose in front of the walls of their capital city.\r\rA first experience witnessed the end of Gorbatchev's perestroÃ¯ka, in September, 1991, and later renewed in 2001 and 2011 by the duet formed by our two transalpine accomplices. They offer us a tremendous opportunity to detect in the eyes of these anonymous people from various backgrounds, the progress (as well as the damage)...