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Photographer and artist in Tuscany

"C.'was once a child who loved there'art, admired the paintings of famous artists and drew their own dreams. He drew everything: trees, skies, houses, snowy and spring landscapes, animals and humans. One day the child was intent on drawing the sea when a tourist approached him, she liked the drawing so much that she asked if she could buy it. The child stayed a while' perplexed by the request, he thought about it for a while and then gave her the drawing as a gift. 

L'year later the lady returned and met the child again; he had with him a brand new camera, a Pentax SLR with a 50mm lens which he gave to the child and told him: "If you like drawing so much try taking pictures too! " . The boy came home with eyes shining with emotion and showed the camera to his parents. For a few years he looked at the camera without using it, then one day he went to the beach where he usually drew, loaded the camera with a black and white film and took his first photo.. "

J1A1439 Edit 2 About meMy name is Giuseppe Zanoni and I'm a professional photographer for more than 30 years. 

The story you read above is clearly autobiographical and tells of my encounter with the camera, the moment my life changed. 

Da quell’istante la mia attrazione per la fotografia si fece sempre maggiore e con il tempo iniziai a desiderare di lavorare come fotografo. Il mio percorso professionale iniziò negli anni 90 a Firenze, in quel periodo trovai lavoro come fotografo nell’ agenzia di fotogiornalismo di Massimo Sestini a Firenze.

Gli anni con Massimo Sestini sono stati entusiasmanti, un vortice incredibile di esperienze che mi forgeranno per sempre. Il confronto con i migliori fotografi italiani, l’aver vissuto l’ultimo importante periodo del fotogiornalismo italiano (la rivista di riferimento era Epoca che chiuse i battenti nel 1997) arricchirono la mia prima esperienza di fotografo.

Gustav Klimt Judith II About meDopo il periodo in agenzia sentii che era il momento di iniziare il mio percorso personale ed iniziai a lavorare come freelance. Il mio desiderio di creare arte si concretizzò parallelamente al fotogiornalismo, iniziai a formarmi come artista ed a realizzare mostre fotografiche.

The first successes with the exhibitions at Biennial of Contemporary Art in Castel S.Angelo in Rome and al Palace of the Permanent di Milano come finalista per il Mondadori Art Award mi stimolarono a continuare il percorso avviato.

In 2009 the meeting with the photographer Marco Delogu mi offrì un cambiamento di prospettiva, dopo l’esperienza del fotogiornalismo ed il percorso artistico avviato avevo una nuova possibilità, conoscere la advertising photography

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Delogu realizzava campagne fotografiche per grandi aziende a livello nazionale, era l’occasione per aggiungere un mattone importante alle mie competenze professionali. Questa esperienza sarà fondamentale anche per il mio percorso artistico perché nel 2010 realizzai uno dei lavori per me più importanti, “Caravaggio MMX”, otto reinterpretazioni in fotografica contemporanea delle medesime opere del grande pittore Caravaggio.

This work will lead me to exhibit in numerous and important places such as Medici Riccardi Palace in Florence and the Luzzetti Collection Museum of Grosseto. 

Nel 2017, la Venice Civic Museums Foundation mi invita ad esporre la mia “Giuditta e Oloferne” della serie “Caravaggio MMX” nella collettiva “Around Klimt. Judith, heroism and seduction" at Candiani Cultural Center of Mestre

The exhibition revolves around the work of Gustav Klimt, the "Judith II"Coming from International Gallery of Modern Art of Venice. In addition to Klimt's Judith, the exhibition includes works by very important painters including Edvard Munch And Egon Schiele. Insieme a Sarah Lucas And Rocco Normanno siamo gli unici autori contemporanei invitati.

09 01 003 ok About meSi chiude un cerchio, “il bambino che amava l’arte e ammirava i dipinti di artisti famosi” realizza il suo sogno.

Today I live and work as a photographer in Grosseto, I opened a photographic studio dedicated to wedding photography and of portrait and I teach photography atTraining Agency of the Antonio Rosmini State High School.

Main personal exhibitions and publications 

2022 – "Caravaggio MMX”, Curated by Mauro Papa, Le Clarisse Cultural Center-Luzzetti Museum, Grosseto. Catalog edited by Tomaso Montanari. With the patronage of the Grosseto Cultura Foundation and the City of Grosseto.

2021 – "Perspective of Missing Instants”, Curated by Mauro Papa, Le Clarisse Cultural Center-Luzzetti Museum, Grosseto. With the patronage of the Grosseto Cultura Foundation and the City of Grosseto.

2017 – "The flowers I've never loved”, Curated by Mauro Papa, Le Clarisse Cultural Center-Luzzetti Museum, Grosseto. With the patronage of the Grosseto Cultura Foundation and the City of Grosseto.

2014 – "Caravaggio MMX”, Curated by Mauro Papa, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence. Catalog edited by Tomaso Montanari. With the patronage of the Province of Florence and the City of Florence. 

2012 – "Caravaggio MMX”, Curated by Mauro Papa, Bigi Church, Grosseto. Catalog edited by Tomaso Montanari. With the patronage of the Province of Grosseto and the City of Grosseto. 

2011- "Almost circular interstellar travel around a geocentric system”, Independent action during the Venice Biennale, 54. International Exhibition d'Art, Giardini della Biennale, Venice. 

2011- "Supper at Emmaus”, Oratorio S. Stefano Protomartire, Palermo (Medal of Merit from the Sicily Region). With the patronage of the Sicily Region and the City of Palermo. 

2010 – "Caravaggio MMX”, Ex Scuola Lombardo Radice Building, Porto Ercole. Catalog edited by Tomaso Montanari. With the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Region of Tuscany, the Province of Grosseto, the Municipality of Monte Argentario and the City of Caravaggio. With the participation of Canon and Fujifilm.  Collateral exhibition to the event “Caravaggio - Chiuder la vita” on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of the death of Michelangelo da Caravaggio, Church of San Erasmo, Porto Ercole. Curated by Valeria Merlini and Daniela Storti.

2008 – "Mosaicone”, Curated by Mauro Papa, Gallery of the Visual Arts Documentation Center, Grosseto. With the patronage of the Province of Grosseto and the City of Grosseto. 

Main collective exhibitions and publications 

2024 – “Dialoghi. Artisti contemporanei si confrontano con le opere della Pinacoteca”, a cura di Claudia Gennari e Marta Paolini, Pinacoteca Civita di Follonica. Con il patrocinio della Città di Follonica, Musei di Maremma e Magma, Museo delle Arti in Ghisa della Maremma.

2018 – "Extraordinary beauty”, Curated by Davide Sarchioni, with the collaboration of Maria Concetta Monaci and Dimitri Angelini. Il Frantoio Cultural Association, Palazzo Collacchioni, Capalbio. With the patronage of the Municipality of Capalbio.

2016 – "Around Klimt. Judith, Heroism and Seduction”, Curated by Gabriella Belli and Elisabetta Barisoni. Exhibition project by Pierluigi Pizzi. Venice Civic Museums Foundation, Candiani Cultural Center, Mestre. Catalog with contributions by Gabriella Belli, Flavio Caroli, Gian Piero Brunetta, Elisabetta Barisoni, Elena Marchetti and Matteo Piccolo. 

2016 "Paratissima, Cumulus”Curated by Corradina Rosetti and Ylenia Rose Testore, Torino Esposizioni, Turin (symbolic work of the exhibition). Catalog edited by Alessia Messina. 

2016 "Blueprints”, Curated by Roman Susan, Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago, USA. 

2015 "Celeste Award, Deserting Reality”, a cura di Alberto Zordan, Elisa Ossino, Stefania Vasques, Spazio Ex Bazzi, Milano. Finalista.

2012 "Bases Award”, a cura di Silvia Petronici, Cava di Pietra, Roselle. Catalogo a cura di Barbara Madrigali. Finalista e menzione d’onore.

2009 "Wiesbadener Fototage”, Curated by Reinhard Berg and Frank Deubel, Wiesbadener Rathaus, Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst und das Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden. Catalog edited by Mathias Haupt. 

2005 "Art Award”, Mondadori Editore, Museo della Permanente, Milano. Finalista.

2004 "Intransito_ Biennale of Contemporary Art”, Curated by Andrea Bezziccheri, Castel S. Angelo, Rome. Catalog edited by Gabriele Mainetti. 

2003 "'Federico Vender' Contemporary Photography Award ”, Curated by Fulvio De Pellegrin, Palazzo dei Panni, Arco. Catalog edited by Heidi Lichtenberger. 

Collections

Acquired 2022. From the “Caravaggio MMX” series: Supper at Emmaus, Winning Love, Basket of Fruit, Narcissus, Portrait of Antonio Martelli, The Lute Player. Le Clarisse Cultural Center-Luzzetti Museum, Grosseto Cultura Foundation, Grosseto, Italy.

Acquired 2017. From the “Caravaggio MMX” series: Madonna dei Pellegrini. The Waiting OU. Local Health Authority Tuscany South East, Grosseto, Italy.

Acquired 2016. From the “Caravaggio MMX” series: Judith and Holofernes. Civic Museums of Venice Foundation, Venice, Italy.

Other publications 

2016 "David Hockney, Secret Knowledge, Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters”Review by Francesco Mazzaferro 

2015 "Caravaggio or primeiro photographer?”Thesis by Bruno Borghi De Freitas - Universidade de Sao Paulo Escola De Communicacoes and Artes 

2013 "What Caravaggio would have painted today according to Giuseppe Zanoni - Interview”By Martina Podetti - Ninjamarketing 

2013 "Contemporary Caravaggio, would paint like this today”The Republic of Florence, by Laura Montanari 

2013 "Caravaggio: between Naturalism and photographic techniques”Thesis by Beatrice Mancini - Free Academy of Fine Arts - Florence 

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