© Mario Giacomelli / Simone Giacomelli
© Mario Giacomelli / Simone Giacomelli
© Mario Giacomelli / Simone Giacomelli

MARIO GIACOMELLI

Mario Giacomelli was born in Senigallia, Italy, in 1925. In 1954 he bought his first camera and soon completed his first body of work entitled Life in The Shelter, depicting images of infirm people at his mother’s workplace. Some years later Giacomelli visited and shot photographs in several towns around central Italy among which Loreto and Scanno, a village which had already fascinated Henri Cartier-Bresson. In the early 1960s he worked on the project No Hands to Caress My Face, better known as the Pretini series, which was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His last 25 years were characterised by a tighter link between photography, abstract art and poetry. His photographs (works available for sale) have been represented by Photology since 1994 with the following solo exhibition: 1994 Mario Giacomelli – Vintage Photographs 1954-1957 and Spoon River at Photology Milano; 1995 Mario Giacomelli: a retrospective at the Museum Ludwig in Koln and Mario Giacomelli – La forma dentro in Senigallia; 1997 Mario Giacomelli The night washes the mind in Milano, Rome, Torino and Paris; 1998 Mario Giacomelli -Vintage works in London and New York; 2000 Mario Giacomelli - My whole life at Photology Milano; 2001 Mario Giacomelli, A Retrospective, at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and at Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona, with Photology first complete monograph on his work (book available for sale), with an essay by Germano Celant. Giacomelli died in his hometown in 2000. In 2006 Photology exhibited and published Mario Giacomelli – Things never seen, with an artist book by Enzo Cucchi (book available for sale)(exhibition still available). In 2008 in collaboration with the association “Un mondo di Amici”, Photology presented the fund raising project Giacomelli for Africa (exhibition still available) which features a pocket size edition of No Hands Caress to My Face (book available for sale). Photology also represented Giacomelli in group shows such as Italian photoartists in 2007, UAI – United Artists of Italy in 2008, 20forU in 2012. At the end of 2012 Photology has exhibited in Milano the complete series of Scanno (exhibition still available).