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L'infinito di Giacomo Leopardi, 1977 - 1978
GAM Galleria d'Arte Moderna
gelatin silver print
15.56inch x 11.62inch
©Mario Giacomelli - Courtesy GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino - Proprietà della Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
Using a Comet Bencini he had acquired the previous day, on Christmas afternoon, 1952, Mario Giacomelli began photographing the movement of the waves lapping the shore of his native Senigallia. He instinctively found the camera to be the tool through which he could express himself, following an initial interest in painting and poetry.
Giacomelli’s images frame the large themes of human existence. The inexorable passage of time, the fragility of life, the persistence of memory, the inevitability of suffering, and the profoundness of love, all emerge in his photographic work as a flow of ceaseless stories. [...]