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ABOUT STEFANO

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Biography

 I was born in 1972 in Cecina, Tuscany, where I currently live and work in my photographic studio.

 

   “My professional adventure in photography began with black and white. Edward Weston, Michael Kenna, and Hiroshi Sugimoto are undoubtedly the authors who have contributed most to my stylistic journey.

 

My projects are all monochrome series. My idea of ​​photography pursues effectiveness and simplicity through technical perfection and the search for elegance in landscape, nature, and architecture. Both in my more formal series - Ukiyo and Water² - and the more conceptual ones - Terraces and Lunar - the aim is to get closer to extracting the real, the soul, the memory, and the pure form of things. Without illusions of objectivity, but through the filter of my gaze.

 

My color work, more oriented toward editorial, commercial and decorative uses, lives instead in the balance between the documentary and the glossy, between the real and the fiction, in search of the “Ideal Landscape.” Stylistic perfection is still the heart of my photography. In the color images, I pursue it with an obsessive search for the best light conditions, studying the territory and the atmospheric conditions best suited to my purpose.

 

Over the years, I have built a portfolio of over 5,000 images, focusing my research on the beauties of Italy and, in particular, of my Tuscany.”

   In 2010 I was awarded “Best New Talentat the Prix de la Photographie in Paris, where I also received the first prize as the best Fine Art Photographer.

 

 I have received numerous other prizes and awards in national and international festivals and competitions, such as the “IPA International Photography Awards” (USA), the “Annual Spider Black and White” in London, the City of Verona Award, the Lucca International Photo Festival, the Portfolio Italia Contest review and the “Giuliano Carrara” Award.

 

 I have participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including the historic International Exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society of London.

 

  My commercial works have been published on leading editorial channels such as The Times, Huffington Post, The Telegraph, Le Figaro, Repubblica, El Pais, la Stampa, NatGeo, Lonely Planet, and others.

 

  Customers such as Ferrero, Continental, Sony, British Airways, Michelin, TIM, Trenitalia, Autostrade per l’Italia, Destrade per l’Italia Agostini, Zanichelli, Eurostat, Setis, Hoepli, Regione Toscana, Eolo have used my commercial images for their advertising campaigns.

Review

   Stefano Orazzini’s work lays bare the dilemma of the relationship between reality and the notion of beauty. In photographic terms, it is the question of whether beauty is only a veneer to be applied to reality to sing its praises or is instead a daunting, courageous attempt to reflect upon how we observe the world around us using the photographic image.

   Stefano Orazzini has chosen to tread the razor’s edge of this dilemma, committing himself to a pure, almost philosophical conception of photographic beauty. Far from being complacent over beauty for beauty’s sake, he uses it to reflect on the imagination that our gaze is in danger of losing altogether.

 

   Fabio Severo | HippolyteBayard.com

 

     Fabio Severo | HippolyteBayard.com

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