Iacopo Pasqui, photographer. An up-and-coming Abruzzo talent
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Iacopo Pasqui, born 1984, is one of the youngest and most talented photographers on the Italian scene. He was born in Firenze but lives in Pescara – and it is just with a picture taken in Pescara (a city not renown for its architectural beauty) that Jacopo won his most prestigious photography award so far.
The picture below, from the project “Uncommontime” (2012), was selected as winner of the “Leica Talent Italia 24 x 36″ contest in 2012, amongst over 45k participants.
I am no photography expert, although I do love photography exhibitions and have many photographer friends, but I found this image very powerful in its simplicity, muted colours and anodyne subject- an eerie depiction of a “darker side” of today’s Italy, with its consumerism, anonymity and solitude.
So much of contemporary photography is about hypercharged colours and “in your face” subjects- nothing wrong with that, but I like how Jacopo’s style is characterized by soft colours and research of light (especially in long exposure times).
“My style is focused on exploring light and colour. It’s my own interpretation, my vision of what’s in front of me. [...] My type of photography it’s less instantaneous and immediate, that’s why I am not so interested in photojournalism. If necessary, I will only use old school equipment – no digital cameras- and no artificial lightning, not even flash”.
Iacopo Pasqui officially began his career abroad in 2008, reporting from an NGO project in Katmandu; he has then shot in Los Angeles, Africa and Lebanon for the “Gaza hospital” reportage. His projects have been exhibited in Milan and various locations in Abruzzo.
More recently, though, his works have been closer to home – like the “Hotel riviera” (2011) series, documenting the Abruzzo coastline from Giulianova to Termoli. In his first published book, “Le stanze di Tonia” (Tonia’s rooms, 2012) about a XIIX century’s restored house in Lanciano, the images are delicate but poignant, with sun-bleached and pastel colours. Needless to say, I love them!
Of course, the earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009 was an unavoidable subject for any photographer- but Iacopo tackled it with his signature understated approach.
“I was two years late (to the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila), but it was voluntarily so. I wasn’t attracted by the catastrophe itself and its drama. that was media fodder. [...]
But what is left of a city whitout a skeleton of structures and buildings? This is something that is considered not newsworthy, because is less flashy and because there are many uncomfortable questions to ask [...] about rebuilding, about money and corruption”
His work “L’Aquila supermarquet” shows how the tragedy of the earthquake was exploited by media and politicians.
Iacopo also recently shot at the Conclave which elected Pope Francesco I in Rome in April 2013 for the Treccani Encyclopedia (the Italian equivalent of authoritative “Encyclopaedia Britannica”) and collaborates with Leica Italia. His next projects include “InTransito”, another study of Abruzzo landscape from the sea to the mountains, and “Bestiario” (Bestiary), a series of works dedicated to animals kept in zoos throughout Europe.
If you are interested in photography, keep an eye out for Iacopo, I am sure this young talent from Abruzzo will make headlines soon!