Giacomo Brunelli: New York
Giacomo Brunelli stalks the streets of New York with his old film camera, often for ten hours a day, looking for characters and details that are adrift in time.
His work has an air of nostalgia to it, and a film noir sensibility. The images are dark, shadowy, moody and a bit menacing — as if we’re looking through the eyes of a night detective, a voyeur, or a stalker.
They provoke an unspoken narrative, offering up clues to an unknown mystery.
True to his love of old things and old ways, Brunelli shoots with a 1962 Miranda camera and prints in his darkroom. (Jim Casper, for LENS CULTURE)
Working entirely in analog format, Brunelli shoots his photographs with a 1960s Miranda Sensomat 35mm camera given to him by his father, and meticulously handprints his photographs in limited editions. New York is the result of his constant walking, often for ten hours a day, chancing upon particular things that sparked Brunelli’s interest be that the shape of a hat, a piece of clothing or demeanor of a person. By pushing the lens to the closest point of focus, almost touching the subject, he suggests a very close intimacy with these strangers, whilst at the same time respecting their anonymity.
Brunelli shoots and processes in a classical style of photography that has become rare in recent times. Such texture has been crated with Brunelli’s distant voyeuristic and graphic black and white images, bringing back to life a New York photographic art and style. (Christopher George)
About the Author
Giacomo Brunelli (b. Perugia, Italy, 1977) graduated with a degree in International Communications in 2002.
His series has been exhibited at The Photographers’Gallery, London (UK), Barbican Centre (London, Uk), The New Art Gallery Walsall (UK), Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica, Usa), Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg (Germany), Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris (France), Saatchi Gallery (London), Format Festival, Derby (UK), Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands), Athens Photo Festival (Greece), Daegu PhotoBiennal (South Korea), BlueSky Gallery, Portland (USA).
The work has won the Sony World Photography Award, the Gran Prix Lodz, Poland. It has also been featured widely in the art and photography press including The Guardian, BBC (UK), Eyemazing (Holland), European Photography (Germany), B&W Magazine (USA), Creative Review (UK).
His work is in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Uk Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, and Portland Art Museum, USA.
“The Animals”, his first monograph, was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2008.
In 2012, he was commissioned by The Photographers’Gallery to do a project in London.