I have been involved in fine art photography for many years; my primary interests are landscape, natural abstraction, still life and self-portrait. From 1992 I have been using pinhole cameras and toy cameras like the Holga and the Diana. I find that these cameras are incredible tools to reveal what is invisible to the mundane vision, and to unveil the conundrum of spirituality that surrounds us. I print in silver, and alternative processes including vandyke and cyanotype. In the recent years, I have been involved with digital technology, too. When I photograph, I make out the coexistence of layers of time and emotions. My work deals with the exploration of the multi-dimensionality of sensations, the tangibility of perceptions, and the ambiguity of vision. To bring off the effects I am looking for I multiple-expose with the Holga to capture the sense of magic in the ordinary, the silent mystery that imbues the world.
Alessandra Capodacqua, born in Naples, Italy, in 1956. Lives and works in Florence. A self taught photographer, she is an artist and lecturer that works with pinhole cameras, toy cameras, digital cameras. She constantly expands her artistic development by experimenting with new digital technologies and alternative printing processes. She currently teaches photography at New York University in Florence, and creative photography – including pinhole and toy cameras, alternative printing techniques – for the Three-Year Course of Photography at Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence. She is curator of exhibitions in Italy and abroad, among others the Backlight Triennial Festival of Photography in Tampere, Finland; she has also invited at portfolio reviews such as Photolucida – Critical Mass (USA); Mission Jeunes Artistes, Toulouse (France); Photo Triennale in Hamburg (Germany). Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Among others: Made in Italy – Contemporary Pinhole Photography, Galleria La Gondola, Venice; FSM, A School of Photography, SI Fest07, Savignano; Col segno di poi, Palazzo Pitti, Florence; Focus on Italy, Second Biennial Festival of Italian Photography, NYU, New York (USA); Senza Obiettivo, Museo Santa Maria della Scala, Siena; Symbols & Icons, International Festival of Plovdiv (Bulgaria); Arno/Garonne – L’Italie à Toulouse, Galerie du Château d’Eau, Toulouse (France). Major publications include Zone di Frontiera Urbana, 2007; Valdarno, una visione in movimento, 2005; Artista – Critica dell’arte in Toscana, 2000 & 2005; Col segno di poi, 2004; Senza Obiettivo, 2002; Focus on Italy, Biennial Festival of Italian Photography in New York, 2001; Firenze Fotografia, 2000.
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