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Mario Giacomelli was born in Senigallia, Italy, on 1 August 1925. By the age of thirteen, he had taught himself the fundamentals of painting, dropped out of school and begun working at a printing shop as a typesetter. He became fascinated with bits of wire in the walls at his shop and decided to teach himself the foundations of photography in order to photograph them.

The Second World War inflicted a heavy toll on the region surrounding Senigallia. Giacomelli set about documenting both the local landscape, and rural people in their farming communities often with an emphasis on the old, the sick and the poor. His photographs were often desolate, ridden with natural scars and interesting impurities.

Obsessed with disturbing themes of loneliness and death and quickly ...

Untitled, from the series ‘Puglia’ - Mario Giacomelli

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Untitled, from the series ‘Puglia’, 1958

Silver gelatin print
29.8 x 40 cms
(11.71 x 15.72 in)

Price: £2000

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