Olivo Barbieri

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Olivo Barbieri (born 1954 in Carpi, Emilia-Romagna) is an Italian artist and photographer of urban environments.

He is recognized for his innovative technique creating miniature still photography [1] from actual landscapes by simulating shallow depth of field via the use of tilt-shift lens photography. Barbieri's technique simulates the shallow depth of field effect of macro photography by tilting the lens's angle to the back plane of the camera, which creates a gradual blurring at the top and bottom edges, or left and right edges of the filmed image. The technique is called selected focus and the effect is that a picture of an actual city looks like the picture of a model.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Barbieri began his career in photography studying at DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Bologna.[4] After 1971, his interest in photography grew and, initially, he focused his research on artificial lighting. In 1978, he took part in several exhibitions in Italy and also abroad. In 1989 he started to travel regularly to the Far East, particularly to China.

In 1993, 1995 and 1997 Barbieri exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, among other international exhibitions, and in galleries and museums throughout Europe, North America, and China. In 1996, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, devoted a retrospective to his work, which has been collected by museums worldwide.

In 2003 Barbieri started the Site Specific project (photos and films) describing cities like Rome, Turin, Montreal, Amman, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Siviglia, New York and others.[2] He has realised several 35mm films within this project:[5]

  • site specific_ROMA 04
  • site specific_SHANGHAI 04
  • site specific_LAS VEGAS 05
  • SEVILLA → (∞) 06
  • site specific_MODENA 08

Site specific_ROMA 04 was exhibited in 2005 at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, at the Hayward Gallery of London and at Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART).

Films[edit]

In 2005 he also started two series of movies called Seascape# and Riverscape#, which include:

  • Seascape#1 Night, China Shenzhen, 05
  • Seascape#2 Castel dell’Ovo, Napoli, 06
  • Rivescape#1, Night, China Shanghai 2007

Other movies realised by Barbieri are:

  • Beijing Sky, 2007
  • 5 Colori, 2008
  • TWIY, 2008
  • Tuscany in 6 pieces, 2010

Barbieri's films have been presented in the most important international festivals, including:[6]

Personal[edit]

He lives and works in Milan[citation needed].

Books[edit]

Several books and catalogues have been published on Barbieri’s work, including:[6]

  • Paesaggi in Miniatura, Udine 1991
  • Notte, Udine 1991
  • Olivo Barbieri seit 1978, Museum Folgwan, Essen 1996
  • Illuminazioni Artificiali, Milan 1995, Washington, D.C. 1998
  • Notsofareast, Rome 2002
  • Paintings, Florence 2002
  • site Specific_Roma 04, Rome 2004
  • site Specific_Las Vegas 05, Toronto 2005
  • site specific_SHANGHAI 04, Bologna 2006
  • site specific_NYC 07, Carpi 2007
  • TWIY, Napoli 2008
  • site specific_JORDAN 04, Genova 2008
  • The Waterfall Project, Bologna 2008
  • site specific_BEIJING 08, Alcamo 2008
  • Site Specific, New York: Aperture, September 2013.[17]

Awards[edit]

Barbieri has won several awards and prizes for his work:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artifical reality of Olivo Barbieri". LUX Magazine. March, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Site Specific - The Morning News". Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Fergusson, WM (9 December 2007). "Fake Tilt-Shift Photography". NY times. Retrieved January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "CRAF - Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia" (in italian). Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sundance Channel - Site Specific: Olivo Barbieri". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Olivo Barbieri Biography" (Word doc) (in italian). Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Barbieri at Locarno Film Festival". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Barbieri - International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Wexner Center for the Arts: Film/Video - Olivo Barbieri". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Olivo Barbieri - Sundance Film Festival". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "2006 Winners - San Francisco Film Society". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "BAM/PFA - Film Programs: Haunted Cameras: Recent Avant-Garde Films Cinema 2006". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "BAM/PFA - Film Programs: Fugitive Prayers Cinema 2006". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "BAM/PFA - Film Programs: At the Edge: New Experimental Cinema 2007". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "MoMA FILM SCREENINGS: site specific_LAS VEGAS 05". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Programme Berlinale 2007". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.aperture.org/shop/books/site-specific-olivo-barbieri-books?SID=
  18. ^ "2008 Award Winners". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "The Higashikawa Award". Retrieved 20 January 2011.