Black and white images, stark contrasts, very minimal, expressive shapes and lines… Giacomelli’s photography resembles graphic art, perfectly composed and executed. His style is unique, and for that reason I think it was for his and our best fortune that he was a self-taught photographer.
“Photography is not difficult — as long as you have something to say.” – Mario Giacomelli
Giacomelli was an artist, a humanist, deeply caring of the world around him. His series – photo essays – are very poetic, in a way that he finds poetry already existing in humble daily life, captures it, enhances it with a few (photo)graphic lines and steps away. Giacomelli’s work is very theatrical, there is a certain sense of distance – I personally feel it that way – as if he presents scene after scene, puts it up on stage, for us to see, while he himself is in the audience somewhere, mixed in a crowd.
Anyway, my limited English is too limited to describe Mario Giacomelli’s effect on my existence as a photographer. I can only say that I wished many times I lived in his world – nature, villages, people – so I could photograph like him. Naive, I know. It takes a genius to make genius photography, not a place or a camera.
Notes to myself : don’t be afraid of high contrast or reducing the depth.