Milan, 14 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The master of urban landscape photography Gabriele Basilico passed away in Milan on 13 February 2013 at the age of 69.
Basilico, throughout his career, had always favoured the setting over the actors: he is the one who rekindled landscape photography. In Monaco, Moscow, San Francisco, along the French coast, hard-surfaced or wild, this photographer – who began as an architect – travelled the world, took many photographs, striving to represent cities in their raw appearance.
The Italian artist, though fatalistic, criticised the way globalised town planning had transformed the planet into a city-world, where megapoles end up looking all-alike. His work was punctuated by numerous commissions: in 1980 in France he was involved in the project aiming at “drawing the portrait” of France’s geographical and social territory. Only in his last shots in Rio de Janeiro did Basilico allow himself to let appear tracks of human life on his photographs.
In 2006, the European House of Photography offered him a retrospective.