Olivio Barbieri

In the mid-1980s, Olivo Barbieri travelled to Brittainy, in the north of France, to photograph some of Europe’s oldest manmade structures; towering stones that were shaped and placed on end, these enormous stones stand three to six meters high. It takes only imagination to see these megaliths as the ancestors of the soaring buildings of today. He started out using classical photography and to attempt to describe the world objectively. Barbieri`s expressive approach to night time colour photography brought unexpected life to the scenes. His photographs intensify the unreality that is often encountered in the global cities of the present day. He turned two photographic "mistakes" into signature expressive devices. In the early 1990’s he exploited the technical peculiarity that photographic film "sees" the color temperature of artificial light in ways that do not correspond to human vision. In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with a special tilt-shift lens. Photographs of actual city scenes look like images of miniaturized architectural models. Today there are city’s that are like models.

Phillips,C. (2006) Unreal Cities. [online] Available at:>[Accessed on 20th January 2011: 14:40]

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