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Biography

Francesco Bosso is a well known Italian interpreter of landscapes and primitive nature via the medium of black and white photography, in the vein of the great American masters, such as Edward and Brett Weston, and the unforgettable Ansel Adams and his assistants John Sexton and Alan Ross, with whom the author has worked extensively in the USA. Bosso’s extraordinary mastery of the technique of shooting outdoors in a large format, and his virtuosity in the darkroom, using the traditional analogue process, allows him to obtain wonderful prints on rare and precious gelatine silver paper, which intensifies the cleanliness of the whites and the depth of the tonal values ​​and contrasts. A globetrotter by nature, the author decided – after years devoted to ethnic and anthropological reportage in several African countries and China, which led to two interesting photographic books, ” Swahili – African Portraits ” and ” China Crossing” – to dedicate himself to landscapes. His meticulous research aims to isolate forms and natural elements in uninhabited places, where silence reigns supreme. “The landscape is actually a scene where atmospheres and moods merge into one,” says the author, inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman and an Eastern approach, and almost Shinto in his regard for nature, in which he loves to immerse himself totally. A patient and elaborate distilling process, of radical selection up to extreme synthesis, is carried out by the author in respect to the subjects and places visited. Bosso catches the moment and makes it longer, locating meditative nature and a kind of consciousness of cosmic time. After the publication of his book “White World”, dedicated to the many variations and occurrences of white in nature, the author has been, since 2012, focusing his research on the incredible variety and majesty of Iceland, and this series, called “Golden Light”, is characterized by high-contrast images incorporating spectacular swathes of light.