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Mario Giacomelli

Scanno, 1957

Mario Giacomelli was born in Senigalli, Italy in 1925.
He died in 2002.

Known for:
Photographs of Italian seminaries and a poetic transcription of everyday life in Southern Italy. Bold, stylized compositions with stark contrast.

Most Popular Image:
"Scanno, 1957"; "Pretini" series (Little Priests)

Did you know ... ?
• Giacomelli was a self-taught photographer.
• At 13, he left high school, began working as a typesetter and spent his weekends painting. After the horrors of World War II, he turned to the more immediate medium of photography. He wandered the streets and fields of post-war Italy, inspired by the gritty Neo-Realist films of
Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini.
• His mother worked at the nursing home where Giacomelli took many of his photographs of the elderly.
• He met and was influenced by the noted Italian photographer,
Giuseppe Cavalli.

“I try to photograph thoughts."

General Format:
Mostly 11" x 14" Silver gelatin photographs. Some 12" x 16".

How many photographs exist?
Giacomelli printed in small unnumbered editions.

$5,500 and up.

How are the photographs printed and signed?
Signed au verso (back of the photograph) in pencil.
All photographs were printed by Giacomelli.

Vintage photographs are rare. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Giacomelli used a Kobell camera that he had stripped down to basic controls. He also used a Voightlander camera.


Books - In Print:
The Interior Shape
- Sold Out
Mario Giacomelli -
hardback, Sold Out

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Price History:
1975: $150.
1985: $500. - $1,500.
1995: $1,000. - $3,000.

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