Early quarantine and mass-testing eradicated the coronavirus in Vo’, a town of 3,300 inhabitants near Venice — Matteo de Mayda’s images tell its story
In the first of a new series talking to visual creatives about life in lockdown, BJP editor Simon Bainbridge talks to the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy at his Airbnb in Milan – and how he came to launch his sell-out series of online masterclasses focusing on photobooks A decade ago, I was living in a studio flat in Clerkenwell. I moved in after Jodi Bieber moved out. And there were plenty of other local photography connections too: Adam Broomberg and Emma Blau both had studios in the block; Magnum Photos was around the corner; and my friend and neighbour, Bruno Ceschel, had recently given up working for Chris Boot. Sensing the emerging zeitgeist, he had just started receiving sacks full of mail after issuing a call out for self-published photobooks. Trying to make some sense of the flourishing independent photobook scene, Ceschel established Self Publish, Be Happy, showcasing the new titles – from books by long-established artists to teenagers producing zines from their bedrooms – on his new website, and running his first …
Using webcam and Google Earth, Nicola Cordì’s diptychs show life in lockdown, from the inside, and outside
“My house, my neighbourhood, the places I have visited over and over since I can remember since I was born, all appear to have newfound energy”
In Pesaro, Italy, the San Salvatore hospital is overwhelmed by those suffering from COVID-19. Alberto Giuliani captured the experiences of doctors and nurses as manifested upon their skin
It’s your last chance to buy a stunning photograph, and support medics in virus-stricken Bergamo
Calle Tredici Martiri by Jason Koxvold is a fictional interpretation of his grandfather’s campaign against the Nazi occupation of Italy, fusing the past and present to explore the impossibility of photographic truth
More than 250 photographs by one of Il Mondo magazine’s most esteemed contributors in the 50s and 60s go on show in Rome this month
27-year-old photographer Valentina Neri’s first book, Almanacco Toilet Club, is playful and bold – just like her subjects. Shot between 2014-2016 in one of Milan’s most important gay clubbing spots, Almanacco Toilet Club captures the scene’s colourful atmosphere and eccentric characters. BJP catches up with Neri about the book’s experimental design, her process, and Milan’s LGBT community.
Born in 1987, Piero Percoco started taking pictures seven years ago, in his hometown Bari, Italy. He never studied photography – “I was never able to afford it,” he says – but sometimes he bought books, and inspired by photographers like Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, Percoco began to make photographs on his smartphone, and upload them to his Instagram, @therainbow_is_underestimated.
Seven years on, Percoco has 452,000 followers, and regularly posting photographs that extract the magic out of the nuances of his daily life in Southern Italy. Last year, he published his first book with Skinnerboox, Prism Interiors, which was edited by American photographer and publisher Jason Fulford.
Now, as his second book with Skinnerboox, The Rainbow is Underestimated, becomes available for preorder, BJP catches up with the photographer about his new release and how he built his career through social media.