Gianni Berengo Gardin was born in Santa Margherita Ligure in 1930 and took up photography in 1954.
After a long period in Venice, he moved to Milan,
where his professional career as a photographer began.
He worked with a number of important Italian and foreign magazines. His career has seen over 3 hundred solo shows inside and outside Italy, including major events in Arles (1987), Milan (1990), Lausanne (1991), Paris (1990), New York (the Leica Gallery, 1999).
Included in the Modern Photography list of the world’s top 32 photographers in 1972, he was also one of the eighty photographers chosen by Cartier-Bresson for the show “Les choix d’Henri Cartier-Bresson” in 2003.
My artistic eye is black and white.
I’m used to seeing and visualizing in black and white and have only one way of taking pictures.
The exhibition hosts his most important reportages, pairing his best-known work with other pictures that are either little-known or even previously unpublished, offering new keys to interpret his work and, through that work, to understand the role as a conscious vision of the reality of the past fifty years that only “true photography” can offer.