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When I met Maurizio Galimberti in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo photographing with an enormous wooden Polaroid camera, I couldn’t help stop looking at him and ask him questions. His slow, steady movements showed the photographer’s artistic experience and the skill and caution of an architect.


His art is geometric, lyrical and musical. His first tool, the level, would soon be replaced by the Polaroid camera because the darkroom did not allow him to capture the instant with instinct with its long development times. The image he captures in his dark boxes must never be academic and measured but deformed by pathos and therefore imperfect. The positivity of people and environments, always present in his works, must be direct and therefore cannot go through the dimension of negative development. Galimberti lends himself to Dadaism and is also a photodynamist like Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, who called him a futurist.


He is an artist who feeds on everyday life, on landscapes, on roads crossed by anonymous individuals, on architecture broken up into many mosaics. In 1989 he began to devote himself to portraits thanks to the discovery of the Polaroid box “The Collector”, and in 2003 the turning point of his life happened with the portrait of the legendary Johnny Depp, whom he met at the Venice Film Festival.


Unbeknownst to him, the work ended up on the cover of The Times in London. In his concept of spatialism, Fontana waited for the right moment to make a single cut on the canvas, while Galimberti divides the moment when his models pose into fifty, a hundred, two hundred Polaroid mosaics. Although the pose is static, the work is dynamic because the action of the observer is dynamic. A single subject is broken down into many thousand focal points, as in cinema rather than photography.


Above all, it is film stars who have been caught in the net. Universally known individuals, broken down into multiple anonymous shots that only when reassembled give back the model’s identity, the actor, who is nothing more than the seed of his many characters. The mosaic becomes his main technique for portraying landscapes, cities, monuments, architecture and not just faces. Important collections of photographs include famous international portraits such as Lady Gaga, Robert de Niro, Sting, George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones and local faces such as Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Giuseppe Tornatore, Dario Argento, Ambra, Laura Chiatti, Luca Zingaretti, Nancy Brilli, Toni Servillo, and others.


Many have tried to imitate his style, but no one has really managed to capture the harmonic framework of those pieces that are musical notes rather than simple images. Art is a need, and Maurizio Galimberti’s need is to divide the instant into several snapshots and the point of observation into many focal points. In this way time, having no more references can be captured.

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Article edit by Prof. Luca Caricato

Luca Caricato –  The World of Art

Leonardo Da Vinci Scholar

Art Historian – Art Expert

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