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Exhibition

Oct 04 - Jan 12

2013
Fotografiska museum, Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Stockholm, , 116 45, Sweden
  • Noot, Bianca, Paris 2000. ©Paolo Roversi

  • Guinevere, Paris 2009. ©Paolo Roversi

  • Sharon, Paris 1996. ©Paolo Roversi

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Paolo Roversi exhibition at the Fotografiska museum, Stockholm

Paolo Roversi is no ordinary fashion photographer. His portraits are closer to painting that to photography and his way of capturing feminine beauty is pure art. There is something dark in his works and at the same time romantic and otherworldly. His models are transformed into muses and often stand somewhere between the childish innocence and the adult sensuality. Even in his nude pictures, Roversi manages to to bring a totally new dimension to such a well explored theme, surprising us with his unique sensitivity and his poetic approach. Paolo Roversi knows how to reveal and at the same time hide, how to add a dim and mysterious and at the same time pure and ethereal touch to his photos. It comes of no surprise that Ravenna, where he grew up, with its foggy winters and Byzantine mosaics has influenced his work. His photos have been present in all major fashion magazines and his incomparable style has gained him numerous fans around the globe.

Since 1973, the 66 year old photographer lives and works in Paris but it seems that it was trip to Spain as a teenager that triggered his love for photography. In Paris Roversi started working as a reporter for the Huppert Agency but little by little he began to be interested in fashion photography through the works of Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. With Marie Claire publishing his first fashion shoot and with a Christian Dior beauty campaign as his first success, he soon developed a prolific career, featuring collaborations with Yohji Yamamoto, Romeo Gigli or Comme de Garçons.

Roversi has always been fascinated with natural light and his pictures reveal the unique relationship between the subject and the photographer. “I see every image as a portrait, whether it is a fashion picture or a nude. The person and the relationship between me and who I work with comes first. It’s all about building trust”, he points out. Always in search of different ways of portraying beauty, he made the legendary 8×10 Polaroid format his trademark. His exhibition at the Fotografiska museum in Stockholm (October 4 – January 12, 2014) is a unique opportunity for all photography fans to experience first hand the passion and authenticity hidden behind his photos and discover the work of a true visionaire.