Gianni Foraboschi (1948), was born in the North Eastern Italian Region of Friuli, bordering Austria and Slovenia. Lives and works in Lecco, on the Lake Como, about 50 km north of Milan.

As a photographer he started with Nikon equipment and 1982 changed over to both M and R Leica cameras. He currently uses analog and digital M and R Leica cameras. For one year now he has being extensively using the M-8 which fascinates him by its extraordinary qualities.

He is a globetrotter and a world traveler, and masters 10 foreign languages.
Since his youth he was attracted by human history and civilization. He has visited Africa, Latin America, Brazilian Amazones, India and Himalaya, China and the whole of Europe.

In the 80s of the past century his photographs were published by a number of leading Italian and European magazines such as ATLANTE, QUI TOURING, GENTE VIAGGI, GENTE VIAJES, SIE Agency (Rome) etc. For a short while he also collaborated with the famous French Agency GAMMA.

He has covered nearly all the Italian historical parades dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance such as Palio di Siena, Palio di Asti, Regata Storica di Venezia, Quintana di Faenza, Quintana di Foligno, Quintana di Ascoli Piceno, Gara della Balestra in Massa Marittima, Calcio Storico Fiorentino, Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo

From his series of reportages he would single out his assignments in Morocco (1987) and the world famous Hindi Festival “Maha Kumbha Mela” (1989) which takes place every 12 years in the holy Indian city of Allahabad.

In 1987 his portfolio “Hong Kong and its Tramway” was exhibited in the Leica Galerie Solms (Germany) within the program of monthly exhibitions devoted to internationally renowned Leica photographers.

In 2003 his portfolio “Bonda tribes from Orissa, India” was shown in the Gallery “Giovenzana Images on the Road”, in Milan. The curator of this exhibition was the famous Italian legend-galerist, photographer and collector Lanfranco Colombo, who opened the first Italian Gallery wholly devoted to Photography in Milan in 1967.

In 2005 he took part in a group exhibition in the “Maly Manezh”, in Moscow, which included 20 photographer-friends of the famous Russian photographer Lev Melikhov. This exhibition was accompanied by a beautifully illustrated catalogue.

In 2007 he took part in the International Photo Festival “FASHION and PHOTOGRAPHY” in Moscow with his portfolio “Body Painting” which was shown in the trendy Moscow Restaurant “SORRY BABUSHKA”. His photos were included in the official Catalogue and also appeared in an article of the Russian Magazine “CARAVAN”.

In the summer of 2007 he was on assignment on the SAKHALIN island for a reportage coverage carried out by a team of two Italian photographers, the undersigned and Francesco Cito and two Russian photographers, Lev Melikhov and Serghey Yasterzhembsky. The project “PRO SAKHALIN” encompasses a range of exhibitions of which the first one was opened in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on December 26th, 2007. A photographic album with lavishly illustrated images has been published.

In 2002 he started working on an extensive project of artists’ portraits which he captures on his camera during Exhibition openings in Museums, Art Biennials or other important Art and/or Music Events throughout Europe. Among others he has photographed Gerhard Richter, Andreas Gurski, Georg Baselitz, David Lynch, Vivienne Westwood, Louise Anderson, Lou Reed, Christian Boltanski, Gilbert & George, Gregory Crewdson, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Moffat, Cindy Sherman, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Mimmo Rotella, Boris Mikhailov, Stephan Balkenhol, Braco Dimitrijevic, Chris Ofili, Yinka Shonibare, Tony Cragg, Kenneth Noland, Eric Bulatov, John Chamberlain, David Goldblatt, Enzo Cucchi, Eric van Lieshout, Vanessa Beecroft, Isabel Muñoz, Daniel Spoerri, just to number a few of them) and many jazz stars.

Currently he is working on a peculiar project about “Graffiti” in Milan: his aim is to create compositions which enhance the dynamics of colours in a close relationship with the geometry of shapes and lines so as to bring about abstract patterns.

His interests go beyond photography: he is a passionate collector of contemporary Russian Art and Photography. (you can visit his web site www.art-gf.com).