Maurizio Galimberti is a world-famous Italian photographer celebrated for his photographic mosaic technique using Polaroid film; we've previously featured his Emmental project.
During the recent FoodGraphia event in Milan dedicated to food photography, we were able to talk with him, first and foremost regarding Vucciria, the work (at the top of the page) being shown at the Milanese exhibition consisting of 187 Polaroid shots, which he was commissioned to produce in 1992 with the intent of celebrating all that Sicily has to offer, in terms of beauty and fine flavors.
Como-born, Galimberti has now lived and worked in Milan for many years. In 1991 he started to collaborate with Polaroid Italia, and soon become their official testimonial. Three years later he published a book entitled Polaroid Pro Art while perfecting his mosaic technique, which he initially used to create portraits before extending it to landscapes, buildings, and cities. This technique was destined to become his recognizable trademark.
During this interview, Galimberti reveals his personal opinions on food photography, a field in which he has occasionally had the chance to work: apart from Vucciria and the Emmental project, he has also collaborated with chef Davide Oldani and contributed to the book entitled Provincia vo cercando.
Let’s start from Vucciria, your food-inspired work on display at FoodGraphia: what can you tell us about it?
Vucciria is a work I completed in ’92, inspired by Renato Guttuso’s eponymous painting depicting the famous market in Palermo: while he used a paint medium, I set out to depict this reality using photography. Unlike cosmic explosions or the use of fragmentation to create a new image, poised somewhere between Futurism and the Dadaism of Marcel Duchamp, which generally define my work, here I can describe it as a collage of different moments. It is a universe illustrated in details. It is a photographic expression of synthesis and subtraction. Men, people, places, animals, food. Speaking of this work, the Italian poet Ignazio Buttitta said that “people’s souls are in it.”