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.. "
My 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.
From that moment my attraction for photography became more and more and over time I began to want to work as a photographer. My professional career began in the 90s in Florence, in that period I found a job as an assistant Massimo Sestini, owner of the homonymous photojournalism agency.
Massimo, in 2015, will win the World Press Photo, the biggest award for a photojournalist. The years with Massimo have been exciting, an incredible vortex of experiences that will shape me forever.
After the period in the agency I feel that it is time to start my personal journey and start working as a freelance. My desire to create art materializes in parallel with photojournalism, I begin to train as an artist and to create photographic exhibitions.
The first successes with the exhibitions at Biennial of Contemporary Art in Castel S.Angelo in Rome and al Palace of the
Permanent of Milan for the Mondadori Art Award they stimulate me to continue the path I started.
In 2009 the meeting with the photographer Marco Delogu offers me a change of perspective, after the experience of photojournalism and the artistic path started I have a new possibility, to know the advertising photography.
Delogu carries out photographic campaigns for large companies nationwide, it is an opportunity to add an important brick to my professional skills. This experience will also be fundamental for my artistic career because in 2010 I realize the most important work for me, "Caravaggio MMX”, Eight photographic and contemporary reinterpretations of the same works by the great painter 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.
In 2017 I am called by Venice Civic Museums Foundation to exhibit my "Judith and Holofernes" in the collective "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.
A circle closes, "the child who loved art and admired the paintings of famous artists" has made his dream come true.
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
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 ”, curated by Alberto Zordan, Elisa Ossino, Stefania Vasques, Spazio Ex Bazzi, Milan.
2012 "Bases Award", Curated by Silvia Petronici, Cava di Pietra, Roselle (mention d'honor). Catalog edited by Barbara Madrigali.
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, Milan.
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.
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.
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