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Albert & Verzone

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 1980’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.


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Series

The Moscow Project (2011)

A camera can be a time machine. Through the art of photography, past, present, and future coincide to challenge our concept of time, change, and progress. This has become the backbone of our Moscow portrait series, a collaboration between two photographs spanning two decades. We completed the first installment, a collection of black-and-white portraits, in September 1991, two weeks after the August coup d'état that contributed to the USSR's collapse. Equipped with a sign explaining in Russian that would we were looking for people to pose for us, we sought out pedestrians between 10 am and 5 pm. Stationing our large format, 4x5-inch folding camera at strategic locations bearing political...

Europe, The Seeuropeans (2002)

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...

The Moscow Project (2001)

A camera can be a time machine. Through the art of photography, past, present, and future coincide to challenge our concept of time, change, and progress. This has become the backbone of our Moscow portrait series, a collaboration between two photographs spanning two decades. We completed the first installment, a collection of black-and-white portraits, in September 1991, two weeks after the August coup d'état that contributed to the USSR's collapse. Equipped with a sign explaining in Russian that would we were looking for people to pose for us, we sought out pedestrians between 10 am and 5 pm. Stationing our large format, 4x5-inch folding camera at strategic locations bearing political...

The Moscow Project (1991)

A camera can be a time machine. Through the art of photography, past, present, and future coincide to challenge our concept of time, change, and progress. This has become the backbone of our Moscow portrait series, a collaboration between two photographs spanning two decades. We completed the first installment, a collection of black-and-white portraits, in September 1991, two weeks after the August coup d'état that contributed to the USSR's collapse. Equipped with a sign explaining in Russian that would we were looking for people to pose for us, we sought out pedestrians between 10 am and 5 pm. Stationing our large format, 4x5-inch folding camera at strategic locations bearing political...

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  

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 - American Photography 26 : selected

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

    2009 - American Photography 25 : selected

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

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

    2000 - Foundation Studio Marangoni Award, Florence

    2000 - Attention Talent Photo - Galeries FNAC PARIS, Special Mention of jury

    2000 - Canon Giovani photography Award

    2000 - World Press Photo Award

    1998 - Leica Oskar Barnack Award

    1992 - Kodak European Panorama Award, Arles (France)

Exhibitions



The Moscow Project (1991-2011) (Savignano sul Rubicone (FC))
From 2016-09-09 to 2016-09-11

Between 1991 and 2011, every ten years, the Italian duo Albert & Verzone portrayed Muscovite passersby by using the same process and by settling in strategic places of the city of Moscow.

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Seeuropeans (Paris)
From 2013-05-24 to 2013-09-15

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 « leisure society » is neither invested, nor divested of its own caricature ...

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Moscou Plages (Rennes)
From 2012-10-02 to 2012-11-04

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 perestroïka, 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)...

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From 0000-00-00 to 0000-00-00


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