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Atelier 36 Bastille : Franco Fontana : America


Franco Fontana exhibits at Atelier 36 Bastille. We were familiar with Franco Fontana landscapes or seascapes, in which he made work of composition, an ample and colorist composition where graphic purity prevailed and which were used in the book Skyline which appeared in 1978 as a culmination. The subject of American metropolises accompanied by their inevitable urban tumult seemed a priori to go against the coherence of his earlier work of beautiful lines and neat chromatic areas. So what was he going to seek out in the great American metropolises during his various trips from 1985 to 2001. He loved to confront his Italianness, his references to metaphysics with the works of the great American masters Weston, Walker Evans and the others. “During my various stays in the USA, I recognized my idea of ​​the urban landscape, I found what was already in me and I gathered what I had sown for a long time”. For the duration of an exhibition, around thirty original vintage prints from this American journey will be exhibited and sold in this new place dedicated to living photography. They accompany the book published by Contrejour editions, fifty of which include for the occasion a print by the great Italian photographer who is still alive and well.

Thanks to Claude Nori who selected the images!


Franco Fontana : America

From October 13 to December 19, 2021

Atelier 36 Bastille

36, boulevard de la Bastille

Escalier A 2ème étage

75012 Paris

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