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.

“Family” & “Bernard” (left) and “Giorgio” (right).

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.

“Peter”, “Nadia”, “Angelo”, “Louise B”.

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.

“Barnaba”, “Penny”.

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 on 2011-07-25 #news #maurizio-anzeri-analogue-graphic-design-embroidery-vintage-photography


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  1. andrewhope
    andrewhope ·

    Love Maurizio Anzeri, Nice little article.

  2. stevelomo
    stevelomo ·

    Very interesting! Good find!

  3. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    i've never seen these! they are incredible

  4. hahajaney
    hahajaney ·

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

  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!

  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!

  7. izaiza
    izaiza ·

    Amazing work! Congrats!

  8. tmia
    tmia ·

    So clever and beautiful!

  9. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    omg! incredible work!

  10. lupo
    lupo ·

    Too beautiful !!!

  11. elletra
    elletra ·

    Crazy amazing!

  12. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    love it!

  13. shutterflysimmons
    shutterflysimmons ·

    this amazing! i love it.

  14. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Wow. I love this. Thank you for sharing.

  15. thewretched
    thewretched ·

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

  16. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Great work.

  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...

  18. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    So eerie, love em!

  19. yattering
    yattering ·

    God. Insane. Incredible work!

  20. magali
    magali ·

    I find it trippy :P

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