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alessandro vasari


direct descendant of a family of photographers that have been active in photography since 1870.
For some time now he dedicates himself to researching the aesthetics of landscapes and to portraying the abstraction of substance and signs, through personal photographic interpretation and creation.
From an article about Alessandro Vasari, published in the magazine “Sguardi on line” – issue n. 4/2002,
on the website (Nikon Italia)
“When a ray of light falls through a cloudy sky on a dark alley, it can land on any thing: a piece of broken glass on the ground, a torn billboard on a wall or a patch of blond hair. A sunray brings light, enchantment:
it transforms and transfigures.” These words by Hermann Hesse convey the idea of what I feel when I am behind a lens.
I was probably predestined to be a photographer.
Born in Rome as “the actor son of an actor father” of Tuscan origins. My great grandfather left Arezzo for
the Eternal City in 1865. In 1870 he opened one of the first studios for the production of art and
architectural photography in Rome , which had become the capital of the kingdom only in 1867.
Since these origins, the Vasari family has always been involved in photography.
Together with my brothers Andrea and Francesco, we still today produce photography in the fields of art, architecture, industry, advertising and portraits. Our work is displayed in several international collections,
such as the George Eastman House Museum of Photography in Rochester ( USA ) and in the University of Melbourne .
I consider myself to be a two-faced Janus: one face is technical and canonical and leaves little to the imagination and fantasy. The other is creative and informal and sublimates the photographic act through abstract images, thus representing my “other” direction. This other face leads me to moments of total anarchical dreaming, when I try to test the technical limits by using the camera and lenses to the extreme.
I direct the lenses towards what I feel to be free aesthetic pleasure and I select different subjects, from a landscape to an inanimate detail of an old wall. All of them must have the power of catching my attention and stimulating the click.
Photography as an art form is a constant concern to me. I am convinced that many years of experience are necessary before one can appreciate the beauty of one's own art. For this reason, I register and archive my work, showing only a small part of my personal “other” face.


Since 1870 the activity of the Vasari family represents an important contribution to the documentation of Italy 's art over several generations, representing an iconographic memory of recent Italian history. The fundamental moments, which have marked the transformation of the urban landscape of Rome , can be reviewed through the work of five generations of photographers. The views of Rome Capital, Via Nazionale and Piazza Esedra are famous, as are the photograph of the rebuilding of the city during the reconstruction period post World War II, as well as the new Termini main railway station, the construction works for the
1960 Olympic Games, the opera of main artists and architects and the development of churches and museums over the past 100 years of history in Rome. This outstanding documentary patrimony is currently divided between three different funds. Today, a large part of the archive (5,000 21x27 cms glass slides,
plus some in 13x18 cms format) is owned by “Calcografia-Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica” (Via della Stamperia 6 – 00187 Roma, tel. + 39 06-699801/69921454, fax:+39 06-69980229). The “third party” production from 1910 to the 1950's (350,000 articles, both slides and black and white films) was purchased by “Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione” of the University of Parma (Piazzale Pace 7/a – 43100 Parma , tel. +39 0521-270847/270798, fax +39 0521-207125). The third portion still belongs to the Vasari family's private archive, which consists of approximately 40,000 films of various size both b/w and colour. This collection is in continuous development, and includes the Vasari photographic productions from 1950 to the current date.

Il mio lavoro fotografico riflette il desiderio di condivisione della mia esperienza di visione del mondo.

Mi dedico ad una ricerca sull’estetica del paesaggio e delle figure che lo compongono.

Discendo da una famiglia di fotografi attivi dal 1870 e realizzo campagne fotografiche nazionali ed internazionali nei settori di arte, dell'architettura, dell'industria e della pubblicità.


Personale Giugno 2005 “La memoria delle pietre”
Galleria Arteficinterni - Roma

Personale Giugno 2006
“D’ailleurs, c’est toujours les autres qui meurent”
da un’idea di Fabio Sargentini, AGAVE Galleria in Roma;

Collettiva Dicembre 2007 “Orizzonti” Brancaleone Gallery in Roma;

Collettiva “OCCHI ROSSI” 2009, Forte Prenestino, Roma;

Collettiva “OCCHI ROSSI” 2010, Forte Prenestino, Roma;

Collettiva itinerante, 2011, “150 Anni d’Italia”;

Collettiva itinerante Massagrigia "Dentro Me Cosa Mia", Teramo 2012.

Collettiva "The Dark Room Project TRE", Muro Leccese, 16-17-18 Agosto 2013


Dalla seconda metà del 1800 l’attività della famiglia di fotografi Vasari costituisce un prezioso contributo alla documentazione della vicenda artistica italiana e in generale per la memoria iconografica della nostra storia.

I momenti fondamentali delle trasformazioni del paesaggio urbano di Roma, possono essere percorsi attraverso le registrazioni puntuali dell’attività professionale di cinque generazioni di fotografi. Sono note le vedute della “Roma Capitale”, di Via Nazionale e Piazza dell’Esedra, le fotografie dei cantieri del ventennio, fino ad arrivare alla ricostruzione del dopoguerra, alla pensilina della stazione Termini, alle opere per le Olimpiadi del 1960, così come è ritratta l’opera dei principali artisti e architetti e l’evoluzione di chiese e musei nel corso degli ultimi cento anni di storia dell’area romana.

Questo consistente patrimonio documentario è attualmente diviso in tre fondi distinti.

Gran parte dell’archivio storico dei Vasari (5.000 lastre in vetro 21x27 cm. ed altre 13x18 cm.) è attualmente consultabile presso la Calcografia-Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica (Via della Stamperia 6 00187 Roma, tel. 06-699801/69921454, fax 06-69980229).

La produzione “conto terzi” dal 1910 circa all’immediato dopoguerra (350.000 tra lastre e negativi BN e Colore) fu acquistata dal Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione dell’Università di Parma ( Dr. Paolo Barbaro - Piazzale Pace 7/a 43100 Parma, tel. 0521-270847/270798, fax 0521-207125).

Un’ultima porzione più eterogenea consiste nell’archivio privato dei Vasari (attualmente circa 50.000 tra pellicole di vari formati positive e negative BN e Colore), questo fondo che va dagli anni ‘50 ad oggi, è costituito dalla produzione fotografica di Giorgio Vasari e dei suoi figli Alessandro ed Andrea.

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