Gusmano Cesaretti

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Gusmano Cesaretti (born July 24, 1944) is a self-taught Italian photographer and artist born in Porcari (Lucca), Italy to Bruno Cesaretti and Delfa Cesaretti. He has also worked in films as a producer and visual consultant. He is one of the first photographers to document the East Los Angeles street culture,[1] and has produced photojournalistic works in locations around the world including North, Central, and South America, Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and the Midwest.

Los Angeles Street Life[edit]

Cesaretti is known for his photo documentations of Los Angeles lifestyles,[2] the Klique car club,[3] Chicano street barrio culture,[4] and LA gang life.[5]

Other Locations[edit]

Cesaretti created series of photographs in Cuba, Bolivia, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, China, Thailand, Lebanon, Israel, Africa, and Chicago's South Side and Cabrini–Green Housing Project. These photographic studies are documented on his web site.

Curator and Publisher[edit]

Cesaretti has curated many exhibitions, starting with his gallery Cityscape Foto Gallery, which he founded in Pasadena, California in 1977. He was instrumental in arranging the exhibition of several major works by Los Angeles street artists in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's blockbuster 2011 Art in the Streets show, including the Chosen Few MC motorcycle club. In 2014 he started publishing Los Angeles FOTOFOLIO, an underground journal of black and white photography by well-known and emerging photographers that is distributed free of charge in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, and Mexico City.

Books and Exhibitions[edit]

Cesaretti's photographs have appeared in many books and magazines as well as several artist monographs, including Street Writers (published by Acrobat Books, 1975), 5 x 5 = 24 (published by xx, 1979), Fragments of Los Angeles (published by Damian/Alleged Press, 2013), and Dentro le Mura (published by Arte Povera, 2014). His work has been exhibited at the Huntington Library, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Work in films[edit]

Cesaretti has worked closely with film directors Michael Mann, Tony Scott, and Marc Forster, to create the look and feel of many feature films, including Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, Public Enemies, The Taking of Pelham 123, Quantum of Solace, Collateral, Heat, Miami Vice, Manhunter, and Ali.


Gusmano has been married to Rosa Cesaretti since 1984. They have a son, Vasco Cesaretti. Gusmano has a daughter, Tosca Cesaretti, from a previous marriage. He also has a sister, Manuela Cesaretti.


  1. ^ Beronius, George, "The Sight and Sounds of East LA" Los Angeles Times, April 11, 1976
  2. ^ Jones, Mark, "Six Photographers in Search of the City of Angels" Los Angeles Times Calendar, November 13, 1977
  3. ^ Elliot, Gilbert, "East LA's Klique Car Club" Lowrider Magazine, February, 1995
  4. ^ Cahill, Tim, "Moonwalk Serenade" Rolling Stone Magazine, July 13, 1978
  5. ^ Picture Magazine, Volumes 1 and 2, July and August, 1976

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