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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.

Quote:
“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.

Prices:
$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:
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.

Portfolios:
None.

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

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

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