GIORGIO FERRARA PRESENTS THE POSTER FOR THE 63rd EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL OF TWO WORDS IN SPOLETO BY PHOTOGRAPHER PAOLO ROVERSI

Paolo Roversi is known universally and recognized for his suggestive portraits and a classic, almost intimate, visual language. He is the winner of prestigious awards in the field and considered one of the most successful fashion photographers on the international contemporary scene. For the Festival, Paolo Roversi has created a rigorously black and white image which enhances the permanent link between past and present. The theater is the place of everlasting embracing, of the dream that can and must move on.

Born in Ravenna in 1947, Paolo Roversi is considered one of the most talented fashion photographers today with a personalized and easily recognizable style. His interest in photography starts very early, in his teens, in 1964, during a vacation with his family in Spain. This budding passion drives him to set up a dark room in the cellar of his home, where he develops and prints his first black and white shots. He begins his apprenticeship with a local photographer, Nevio Natali, and in 1970 he starts working as a photojournalist for Associated Press. Among his first assignments, he is sent to follow Ezra Pound´s funeral in Venice. In the same year he opens his first portrait studio in Ravenna with a friend, Giancarlo Gramantieri, where he photographs local celebrities and their families. In 1971 he casually meets Peter Knapp, creative director of Elle magazine, who advises him to move to Paris, the city where he arrives in 1973 and that he will never leave again. In the first few years of his stay in Paris he continues to works as a photojournalist for the Huppert Agency. In the same period he becomes acquainted with the fashion world and the works of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and several other great masters of portraits and fashion photography.
In 1974 he becomes assistant to Lawrence Sackmann, an English photographer who was very difficult to work with. He remains there for only nine months, and yet those months spent in his studio, acquiring technique and creativity, will be fundamental for the type of profession he is about to undertake. After leaving Sackmann´s studio, Roversi starts working on his own initially for Elle and Depeche Mode. His first important publication is for Marie Claire, but the ultimate consecration comes in 1980, when he signs for a Christian Dior advertising campaign. In that same year he starts using the Polaroid 20x25 format which will finalize his unmistakable, personal style. He has always remained faithful to the large format and the habit of shooting in a studio. For several years his studios are in his various homes on the Left Bank, but in 1981 he moves his studio to rue Paul Fort, 9 where he still works today. The 80s are favorable for Roversi: at that time the fashion industry was looking for photographers capable of expressing personalized, creative work for their catalogues and campaigns. In particular he collaborates with Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Romeo Gigli and thanks to these collaborations he becomes famous, photographing the most beautiful women and models on the international fashion scene both in portraits and nudes. He has worked and still continues to work for the most important fashion magazines on the international scene as well as for the best known fashion designers. During his 40-year career as a photographer, Roversi has published numerous works, including Angeli, Libretto, Nudi, Studio and Secrets, and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Paolo Roversi is the first Italian photographer to have signed a Pirelli Calendar. It was presented last December, the title of the 2020 edition is "Looking for Juliet", with shots of Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart, Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Indya Moore...
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