(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.
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
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
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.
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).