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F/I - L’uomo, il lavoro, la macchina | Photos by Gianni Berengo Gardin

From: 3/10/2015 - To: 1/11/2015

Fondazione del Monte, Palazzo Paltroni - Via delle Donzelle, 2 - Bologna

Date of last update: 03/11/2015, 08:39


Gianni Berengo Gardin
Milano, Italia



Fondazione del Monte, Palazzo Paltroni
3 October - 1 November 2015


Man, work, machine. In this exact order, and unconcerned by any possible assonance with similar research carried out years ago by Henri Cartier-Bresson (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man and Machine, IBM France, 1969). Berengo needed this precise sequence of terms to define his long association with factories, companies, and laboratories, a subject that has been one of his favourite fields of interest from the end of the sixties to the present day. Throughout his long career, Gianni Berengo Gardin has always focused his attention on human beings: their activities, their emotions, the important events in their lives. Factory life and work have provided a background and material for a large number of the subjects in his photographic works.
In his industrial photography, there is no trace of the fascination for mechanics and technology shown by photographers like Albert Renger-Patzsch and Làszlò Moholy-Nagy. Berengo considers machines as mere work instruments, graphic elements that act as a backdrop or that interact with the efforts of the worker, alongside the constant repetition, the wait for the end of the work shift, but also the pride of a well done job, the pleasure of manual skill and the social awareness of sharing a common human condition.




The exhibit by Gianni Berengo Gardin is part of the theme section PRODUCERS of FOTO/INDUSTRIA 2015, the second Biennial promoted and organized by the MAST Foundation with the artistic direction of François Hébel. Fourteen exhibitions with free admission, dedicated to industrial photography, enterprise and work, and housed in prestigious locations of Bologna historical centre and at MAST. The exhibits are curated by Urs Stahel.


Further information and updates on www.fotoindustria.it

  • From: 3/10/2015
  • To: 1/11/2015

Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 7pm

Foto/Industria White Night: on Saturday, October 31st special opening until midnight

free admission to the exhibition