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Maurizio Anzeri's Embroidered Photography

Maurizio Anzeri is an Italian-born artist who combines vintage photography with embroidered contemporary designs to create his "Photo Sculptures". This analogue approach to graphic design yeilds some unusual and, oftentimes, eerie results.

Vintage photographs, without a doubt, carry with them something from the past but to Anzeri, his work is not about preserving or celebrating the nostalgia. Far from it, in fact, his geometric patterns and designs add a modern depth and texture which creates a passage for the character to escape from their vintage form. Obscuring part of the photograph, he both hides and heightens certain features of the face. His precise juxtapositions transform the discarded image, giving his portraits a disquieting and psychological presence.

Anzeri was fortunate enough to work with such great minds, such as Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow and was picked up by Charles Saatchi, and exhibited at his gallery in the Newspeak: British Art Now exhibition, which received great coverage and media attention.

Maurizio Anzeri’s current exhibition, In Conversation, is on display now at the Baltic until 2nd October 2011.

Sources: Baltic, Dazed & Confused, Saatchi Gallery

written by thewretched

20 comments

  1. andrewhope

    andrewhope

    Love Maurizio Anzeri, Nice little article.

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  2. stevelomo

    stevelomo

    Very interesting! Good find!

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  3. j_robert

    j_robert

    i've never seen these! they are incredible

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  4. hahajaney

    hahajaney

    The Georgio photo makes me think of Dr. Zoidberg for some reason...

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  5. thewretched

    thewretched

    @hahajaney its strange you should say that, actually. The Barnaba one (with the pointy red cone/hair/whatever its meant to be) reminds me of Fry!

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  6. thewretched

    thewretched

    @hahajaney its strange you should say that, actually. The Barnaba one (with the pointy red cone/hair/whatever its meant to be) reminds me of Fry!

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  7. izaiza

    izaiza

    Amazing work! Congrats!

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  8. tmia

    tmia

    So clever and beautiful!

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  9. superlighter

    superlighter

    omg! incredible work!

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  10. lupo

    lupo

    Too beautiful !!!

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  11. elletra

    elletra

    Crazy amazing!

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  12. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    love it!

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  13. shutterflysimmons

    shutterflysimmons

    this amazing! i love it.

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  14. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Wow. I love this. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. thewretched

    thewretched

    Thanks for all the comments, Lomofriends! I can't believe this has got over 50 likes so far, much appreciated! :D

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  16. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    Great work.

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  17. freyfrey

    freyfrey

    I have been looking at embroidered photos for a while now. I love the woman with tears(?). The embroidery adds such a surprising dimension of extra emotion I think...

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  18. dearjme

    dearjme

    So eerie, love em!

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  19. yattering

    yattering

    God. Insane. Incredible work!

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  20. magali

    magali

    I find it trippy :P

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