THE PAOLO ROVERSI EXHIBITION IN MILAN
THE MASTER OF LIGHT
“Storie” is the name of the exhibition that celebrates the art of Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, on display at Milan’s Palazzo Reale until Dec. 17.
His career-long imagery will be showcased in nine different rooms, each with groups of photos selected with Vogue Italia senior fashion editor Alessia Glaviano, that highlight Roversi’s striking lighting techniques. Thanks to his use of natural window light, interpreted with sensual moody chiaroscuro effects, Roversi is considered one the best photographers of our time. He also stood out from the pack by using 8×10 Polaroid film.
To describe his photography, Roversi often cites Nadar, at the beginning of photography: “Everyone can learn the technique of lighting. What is very difficult, and what you can’t teach is a feeling for the light, a sentiment of the light.”
Roversi certainly has plenty of sentiment and affinity with light, opting for a dimmed feel that has created erotic and sensual imagery always infused with a poetic vision.
While for decades, his work has graced the most important magazines worldwide, “Storie” also shows Roversi’s lesser-known experimental and artsy side. An entire room, in fact, is dedicated to unpublished photos of Rihanna.