Gabriele Basilico

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Gabriele Basilico (12 August 1944 – 13 February 2013) was an Italian photographer who defined himself as "a measurer of space".[1]

Born in Milan, Italy in 1944, he originally studied to become an architect before pursuing a career in photography. His initial works focused around traditional landscape photography, but he later shifted his focus to architectural photography due to the influence of his previous studies in architecture. He achieved international fame in 1982 with his photographic report on the industrial areas of Milan, "Ritratti di Fabbriche, Sugarco".[2]

A marble gravestone on the wall of a crypt
Basilico's grave at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan in 2015

In the mid 1980s he was part of a group of photographers commissioned by the French Government to document the transformation of the Transalpine landscape.[2]

In 1991 his photographs helped to document the effects of war on the Lebanese capital of Beirut with his celebrated work, "Beirut 1991".[1][2]

His last public work was showcased in December 2012, at the inauguration of a new square, Gae Aulenti, in Milan. The work consisted of a series of photographs that portrayed the Porta Nuova Project from its inception through completion.[3]

The majority of Basilico's work was done using a traditional viewfinder camera and black and white film. He was awarded the Osella d'Oro at the 1996 Venice Biennale.[4]


  1. ^ a b Mario Calabresi (14 February 2013). "Gabriele Basilico, la poesia del misuratore di spazi". La Stampa. Retrieved 16 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Redazione Milano (13 February 2013). "È morto il fotografo Gabriele Basilico". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 16 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Piero Negri (13 February 2013). "È morto Gabriele Basilico il fotografo delle città". La Stampa. Retrieved 16 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Hopkinson, Amanda (25 February 2013). "Gabriele Basilico obituary". The Guardian.