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  • 30 novembre 2010

    SHOTS FOR GOODS

    After all the disarray for MC at FORMA I am really in need to cleanse my conscience: my photograph here below will go under the hammer today at 18:00 by the Sotheby’s auction house in Via Broggi 19, Milan.

    For those who love photography and at the same time wants to get a good deal and some charity at the same time this is a very interesting occasion, not much for my “masterpiece” but for the many masterpieces for sale, by great masters (Barbieri!).

    All the info here.

    I, unfortunately, won’t be there 🙁

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    29 novembre 2010

    MARTINA IN-VISIBLE: SHOW OR MONSTER?

    I wrote and I deleted, wrote and deleted, wrote and deleted. And again wrote and deleted.

    Now is enough, too many words. I think I have explained everything in my presentation.

    I don’t know about you, but in the midst of the disarray of fotografica I boarded a plane, and I flew to Brazil, for work.

    Let’s all be serene with the voice and this shot: you have no clue how cold and windy it was to get this…

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    25 novembre 2010

    FIGHT CLUB, OR ALL IS BENE ENDS DUSI

    The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.

    The second rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.

    The third rule of Fight Club is: if someone says stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.

    The fourth rule about Fight Club is: two guys to a fight.

    The fifth rule about Fight Club is: one fight at the time.

    The sixth rule about Fight Club is: no shirts, no shoes.

    The seventh rule about Fight Club is: fights will go on as long as they have to.

    The eighth rule about Fight Club is: if this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight.

    A BIT OF CHAOS DURING THESE DAYS SURROUNDING THE EVENT CURATED BY ME AND MADE BY MARTINA COLOMBARI SHOWING AT THE SPAZIO FORMA.

    THE INTERNET EXPLODING WITH COMMENTS AMONGST WHICH THE KINDEST ONE WAS THAT I’M A DICKHEAD: IT’S TRUE I AM A DICKHEAD!

    THE SUBJECT IS OBVIOUSLY HOT.

    TONIGHT AT 20:30 I WILL BE AT FOTOGRAFICA, AT THE FELTRINELLI SCHOOL, EXACTLY IN FRONT OF THE SPAZIO FORMA.

    YOU CAN COME AND TELL ME EVERYTHING: MAYBE BRING SOME OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, SO WE CAN SEE THEM TOGETHER, OK?

    I PROMISE, I WILL NOT SPEAK ABOUT MYSELF, I WILL SPEAK ABOUT YOU.

    ALSO BECAUSE HOW CAN I EVER SPEAK MORE AND BETTER THAN MR. TONI THORIMBERT, AFTER HIS MASTER SPEECH OF LAST NIGHT?

    THERE IS NO DOUBT, WITH HIM I END UP FLAT ON MY FACE.

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    24 novembre 2010

    MARTINA COLOMBARI IN-VISIBILE

    Martina Colombari is in-visible

    Martina Colombari is not a photographer.

    It would be absurd that a serious establishment like spazio Forma (and within a prestigious event like Fotografica!) could host her photographic exhibition.

    You really want to know? Yes, it is absurd.

    Out there we have many photographers who shoot photographs for many years and they would deserve to be exposed here. It is absurd and also a little unjust.

    But it has its precise meaning, which can be of help to understand how, what and why take photographs. To understand what it means to be a photographer today, in 2010.

    To photograph nowadays it also means to have at your disposal wonderful photographic cameras, which take technically perfect photographs.

    Super refined softwares that allow you to correct any mistakes, of the photographer as well as the reality. Any photograph can be made perfect.

    So I find necessary, for who wants to take good pictures, forget that you know how to take photographs. Forget about technicalities. Forget the virtues. Own back a pure look.

    To take everything to the extreme a few months ago we asked Martina to start taking pictures of herself. I didn’t teach her anything, I set the camera to P, and I only asked her to take the photos always horizontally, to have a basic style of uniformity.

    I asked her to forget about the camera, I told her about different female photographers (firstly Francesca Woodman…), and I asked her to simply be true and sincere.

    Above all I asked her to use the camera to explore herself, to make that little box of glass and metal a real instrument to get to know herself.

    Martina was wonderful. Really. In a few days this operation became a “real obsession”, and photographing herself was “the first thing to do as soon as she was awake, and the last thing before falling asleep” (the quoted are her words).

    So magic happened, inevitably: despite the fact that in these years Martina Colombari has been photographed by the best professional photographers, she has managed, photographing herself, to create such real images, so deep and so sensual (without the use of photoshop!) like no other has ever been able to!

    So here is the reason to host her images in these spaces, here is what a non-photographer can teach us: that photography is not only techniques, it is not only using well some refined software, it is not only mega lenses. Photography must be truth and sincerity, as truth and sincere as Martina Colombari has been.

    So true and sincere to have even become in-visible…

    Settimio Benedusi

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    21 novembre 2010

    FOTOGRAFICA 2010

    I’ll be waiting for you on the 24th of November, from 18:30, at the spazio forma in Milan for the inauguration of fotografica 2010, the event sponsored by Canon.

    Martina Colombari’s portrait exhibition will be presented, of which I am the curator. I will write about this project again in the oncoming days, because it offers some interesting points for whoever asks himself what it means to be a photographer and to photograph today, in 2010.

    Here is a preview of some images from the exhibition:

    The same night, the 24th at 21:00, for who is interested in listening to a real photographer, I highly recommend to participate to the lesson by Mr. Toni Thorimbert

    : I assure you that you will have a lot to learn. Don’t miss out!

    If by then you are not sated the 25th at 20:30 by the main hall of the Feltrinelli institute (in front of forma) I will be talking there and perhaps will be doing something…

    Anyways this year the calendar

    is very full, there are a lot of initiatives and meetings which are worth seeing: in short go and place your tents in Tito Lucrezio square my dear!

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    17 novembre 2010

    MELA/CI-MELA/VU

    The “frivolity” was OK by me.

    On Facebook its full of photos, comments and “like”.

    There was really a lot of people.

    We really enjoyed ourselves.

    But this is not unusual.

    We spoke, we told, I photographed blindfolded, some asked some questions, maybe predictable, but these are the questions, and the anxiety of our times.

    I really like Chico because he is capable of “moving” people.

    Benassi is a giant. Toni is a brother.

    Here below I’m posting one of the contributions which appeared in light of the facts.

    I liked it.

    It is only a point of view but I found it interesting.

    Its by Sara Lando and its from her blog

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    Frivolity is the art of understanding who you are

    “Yesterday I was in Savignano sul Rubicone together with Barbara because there was this kind of thing that we didn’t understand very well what it was, but in the same space-time there was Settimio Benedusi, Toni Thorimbert, Chico de Luigi and Jacopo Benassi and they weren’t trying to sell or present anything, which is something out of the common.

    When somebody that much bigger than me (and I’m not talking about age) lends himself to be so kind and let me ask a few questions, I move my ass and attend the event.

    Some things they said where enlightening.

    Others where provocative, and listening to them I realised that if I heard them only 3 years ago I would have probably got pissed off instead, now, I wasn’t only listening but I understood.

    They are four extremely different photographers in terms of personalities, subjects, experiences. But to see them together it made me think of finding myself in front of some kind of variation on the theme and for the rest of the afternoon I tried to understand what was the common ground that made them somewhat similar.

    Driving back home, I think I’ve understood.

    The true difference between a professional photographer and an amateur photographer is not really the fact of being payed for it, of having a certain kind of equipment, having a portfolio of clients that pay for it.

    Who is on top is the people that have stopped making excuses, that have taken responsibility for who they are artistically and humanly and that is willing to pay for the consequences, because he has its own path which is different from others and that it doesn’t need to be understood by looking only one part, from outside.

    That has understood that nobody cares what you haven’t been able to do.

    At the end of the day what really counts is what you have accomplished.

    Not what you thought of doing, what you would have done, what you said you would do but then “the dog ate my homework”.

    I think that at different stages of their stories they pissed in their pants like everybody else, with the difference that where the others went home to change, they have the looks of someone who simply took off the pants and kept on going.

    The high point of the event: to watch Benedusi take photographs blindfolded and still capture not only a nice photograph but also in his true style.

    A perfect illustration of the difference of doing things by chance and doing them following the chance.

    Anti climax of the day: the person who immediately put up his hand to ask a question and asked: “analogical or digital?”. ARE YOU SERIOUS?”

    Sara Lando

    I highly recommend also this post:

    A brief film

    by Valentina Bianchi, very, very beautiful.

    (why rewrite what

    has been already written well?)

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    8 novembre 2010

    MY FRIENDS: FRIVOLITY, MEETINGS AND WORKSHOP

    Next month we will have the opportunity to meet up, without this screen as a filter!

    Therefore, in a rigorous and chronological order:

    – Next Saturday, 13th of November, in Savignano sul Rubicone on the path of the SI FESTIVAL and once again put together by the tireless Chico De Luigi, myself, Mr. Benassi and Mr. Thorimbert will do what the title already anticipates something dumb of epic proportions: a frivolity! What does it mean? I have no clue. Maybe, like Huey, Dewey and Louie, we’ll speak with one starting a phrase, the second will say itand the third one will finish it. In short something will happen! And even for free! Informations and details (with excellent words by Patricia de Croce) will be on the No Panic facebook page. Obviously as if it was antani

    –  From the 24th to the 28th of November at the FORMA space in Milan there will be also this year the FOTOGRAFICA. I will be there on the 24th, the day of the opening, with the show of Martina Colombari’s portraits, of which I am the curator. The day after, the 25th, at 20:30 I will hold a talk and will do a little something.

    –  Since I’ve participated to TPW as a lecturer many people and organizers have asked me to participate at various workshops. I’ve always kindly declined the invite, for a thousand and one reasons, especially because having the luck of being part of the best… it is best to stay with the best! I do enjoy teaching at a workshop, because it allows me to learn a lot. Therefore when the “best” overseas asked me to teach it was not difficult to convince me: from the 27th of November I will be in Brasil for two workshops. Informations and details here.

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    5 novembre 2010

    FLYING BACK TO MILAN

    …and spending some time playing with my iphone…

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    1 novembre 2010

    CAPE TOWN

    Here I am, I am on the other side of the world, in cape town, on a job.

    It is always a little weird to leave, to stay for a period of time far away from your own space, from what you are used to.. And it is even stranger if in this space and time you spend it (as it is happening) upsetting the seasons: I am in the middle of spring.

    In andrea de carlo’s beautiful book that I am reading now (LEIELUI) there are a few pages dedicated to traveling and airplanes, with an interpretation of the word “take-off” which is very interesting, I would even describe it as very clever: when you leave you take-off, in its more traditional of meanings but it is also as if the head would detach from the body, tearing away from the neck, take-off, precisely..

    I am in a hotel, or better, in a guest house, with very few rooms, very pretty. It is situated in the middle of the gay area, run and maintained by a gay couple,  like La Cage aux Folles: it is very comfortable.

    In my room right next to my bed I have a bath tub with feet and a view: every night I take a nice hot bath, with salts in the boiling water. Fragments, details. Lavender bunches on the breakfast tables. Spinning blades on the ceiling.

    Being suspended.

    “At the centre of the void

    There is another party”

    -Roberto Juarroz

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    I’ve never been a photographer who brings his camera around, well I don’t even know why, I would say laziness. But since there is the iPhone I take a lot of pictures. I especially enjoy photographing objects and landscapes:especially the latter, in the beautiful places where I go, are often extraordinary.

    Below is a little photo I took during these days with my iPhone. I rarely give technical information, but let’s give it this time: I took it with the iPhone 4 with hdr disabled. I took four photographs in succession, then joined them with the AUTOSTITCH software. After that I opened the file in PHOTO FX and I modified it (special FX-B/W looks dramatic). Then I opened it in PHOTOGENE to give it a contrast layer, and fiddle wit the levels and add a little black border.

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