LORENZO CASTORE

EYES WIDE OPEN

 Summer Workshop  •  DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED • August, 2023

Lorenzo Castore will join us for the first time at Villa Lina. We run different workshops with Lorenzo in Tuscany and Sicily, but this will be his first time at Villa LIna.

A new word to discover. Many new photographic opportunity, to discover ourselves though the world around us.

I don’t know where to begin from. I don’t think photography is something you can teach. I don’t want to impose a method, nor a style. The most important thing is to be open about who you are and what you want to say. I will not have a real schedule to offer you. My efforts will be to deconstruct the used and abused points of reference in photography and help you to confront with yourself in a immediate way. Photographing will become a simple and direct way to be closer to who and what you love, rather than a technical excuse to hide behind. A street, a wall, a story, a person, ourselves, all those things together, whatever you like. I am against dividing photography into categories: for me documentary photography, social photography, personal photography, landscape, portraiture, etc do not mean a thing. What is important is the attention you pay to what you do. Good photographs, are such because they are true, genuine. They become so when you try to reach the truth that is inside you and follow your personal vision. Forget yourself, put yourself in a uncomfortable situation, don’t be afraid, enjoy all these things. Well, these are the things I keep repeating to myself every morning in front of the mirror.”

http://www.lorenzocastore.com/

VENUE – Villa Lina, Lazio, Italy

LODGING & MEALS  see  info on workshops

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BIOGRAPHY

Lorenzo Castore was born in Florence, Italy in 1973.

His work is marked out by long term projects mainly focusing on his personal experience, everyday life, memory and the relation between minor individual stories, History and the present time.

In 1982 he moved to Rome with his mother and in 1992 he relocated to New York City where he began photographing on the street.

After a formative trip to India in 1997, he got a degree in Law and then in 1999 traveled to photograph war in Albania and Kosovo. After this experience he decided to stop working on news and to deepen his personal research. In the same year he visited Gliwice, Poland: for a long time first Silesia and then Cracow became key locations for his photographic investigation.

In 2000-01 he returned to New York and India for extensive traveling and photo work.

In 2001 he moved to Milan and joined Grazia Neri Agency. In 2001-02 he realized the series Paradiso.

In 2002 he joined Agence/Galerie VU’. He started teaching photography workshops around this time.

In 2003-04 worked on the series Nero in South-western Sardinia.

In 2006 he moved to Cracow.

In 2008 he started to photograph the haunting Polish brother and sister Ewa and Piotr Sosnowski. This work continued through 2013.

In 2009 he directed the film No Peace Without War with Adam Grossman Cohen.

In 2013-15 he worked on the series Sogno #5 with bipolar patients performing in the former Mental Institution Leonardo Bianchi, Naples.

Since 2008 he’s working at the series Ultimo Domicilio to which from time to time he adds new chapters: the project is constantly ongoing.

In 2013 he shot his second short film, Casarola about the Bertolucci’s family historic home.

From 2011 until 2019 he is working at Glitter Blues, a story on a queer community in Catania.

In 2018 he was invited by the Museum of Gliwice for a long artistic residency from which came out Land. In the same year he began collaborating with Michael Ackerman at Photo Divine Studio, a new shared project taking place in India: three trips have been made to date, with one more to go to complete the work.

In 2019, 1994-2001 | A beginning is released, the first volume of a lifelong publishing project published by L’Artiere: the publication of a large book consisting of chapters in progressive chronological order will continue indefinitely. The second volume, 2001-2007 | Lack & Longing, was published in 2022.

In 2020-21 he realized his third short film W.

In 2021-22 he photographed extensively the director Bernardo Bertolucci and the poet Patrizia Cavalli homes continuing the ongoing project Ultimo Domicilio.

In 2022 he worked on the book WALLS on the same visual materials of the film W: the two works were released simultaneously.

 

MONOGRAPHIC BOOKS

NERO (2004)

Published by Federico Motta Editore

PARADISO (2005)

Published by Actes Sud, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Edition Braus, Apeiron, Lunwerg, Peliti Associati

ULTIMO DOMICILIO (2015)

Published by L’Artiere

EWA & PIOTR – Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (2018)

Published by Les Editions Noir Sur Blanc

LAND (2019)

Published by Blow Up Press

1994-2001 | A BEGINNING (2019)

Published by L’Artiere

GLITTER BLUES (2021)

Published by Blow Up Press

2001-2007 | LACK & LONGING (2022)

Published by L’Artiere

WALLS (2022)

Published by Grani Edizioni

 

 

 

 INFO PRATICHE

WHEN  Summer Workshops  – August 2023 
WHERE Villa Lina, Ronciglione, Italy
WORKSHOP FEE €  1200