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Massimo Cristaldi's night photography captures the "islands of light" surrounding US military housing complexes in Italy, and the symbolic struggle of light and dark.
About Massimo Cristaldi

Massimo Cristaldi was born in Catania (Italy) in 1970. His professional career started in 1994. After receiving a degree in Geology, he began managing international research projects. Art is the environment he grew up in and photography was the way he set his creative side free.

The driving concern of his work is focused on traces that man and time carve over nature and things, representing, in particular, effects and signs on “what remains”.

He has won various international awards such as International Photography Awards, at the B&W Spider Awards, at the Photography Masters Cup, at the Travel Photographers Of the Year and at the Prix de Photographie de Paris.

Massimo has exposed in Europe and in the US, in solo and group shows and at important photography festivals and is represented by Galleries in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, USA, UK and Italy. He lives and works both in Catania and Rome. Massimo’s photographs are part of the permanent collection of the George Eastman House, International museum of photography and Film in Rochester, NY (USA).

Artist Statement

We are living in a time of accelerated change. One of the unintended consequences of the technology revolution and globalization is the loss of wonder and curiosity as the world’s image bank is downsized into pixels of familiarity and uniformity.

Particularly in the West, our towns, cities and suburban landscapes are all becoming one undifferentiated, monotonous sprawl. My interest is in focused on depicting this transitional moment in which the past becomes a metaphor for the present. Like pentimenti, the past fades but leaves behind its underlying traces. It is my passion for identifying and documenting these fault lines between the past and the present that inform the works in my portfolio.

Awards

• 2011 – Black and White Spider Awards 2010 (6th annual)
• 2011 – International Photography Awards 2011
• 2010 – Terna Prize 03, Finalist, Roma, Italy
• 2010 – PhotoBook NYC, Photo District news, New York City, USA
• 2010 – Capture Brooklyn, The New York Photo Festival, New York City, UA
• 2010 - International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA
• 2010 – Imatoria – XXI Century Temples, Barcelona, Spain
• 2010 – The Black&White Spider Awards 2009, USA
• 2009 – Center for Fine Art Photography – New Visions, Fort Collins, USA
• 2009 – International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA
• 2009 – Prix de Photography, Paris, France
• 2009 – Depentendency, Venezia, Italy
• 2008 – The Photography Masters Cup, Los Angeles, USA
• 2008 – Travel Photographer of the Year, London, UK
• 2008 – Black & White Spider Awards, New York, USA
• 2008 - International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA
• 2007 – Venice International Photo Contest, Venezia, Italy
• 2007 – ArteLaguna, Venezia, Italy,
• 2006 - Venice International Photo Contest, Venezia, ItalyDate: 22/03/13

Exhibitions

• Feb 2013: Italy in Motion, March 8 – June 23, 2013, Miami, USA
• Oct 2012: Je & un autre – Paris, 31-Oct/1-Dec 2012
• Aug 2012: Insulae in the collection of the George Eastman House
• Aug 2012: Sicilia Fotografia Contemporanea – Alcamo 16-23 Aug 2012
• Jun 2012: Spin8: Put a Tree on It – HCP in Houston
• Mar 2012: Festival Photomed 2012, 24-05/17-06, France
• Nov 2011: Catania, Italia – Fotografie: 2006-2011, Arte Club Gallery
• Sep 2011: Paris, France – Chic Art Fair (21-24 Oct. 2011)
• Sep 2011: Festival Savignano Immagini 2011 (9.10.11 Sept 2011)
• March 2011: Galerie Images De Fer - Paris
• October 2010: Farmani Gallery/Lucie Foundation – New York City
• October 2010: Samuel Maenhoudt Gallery – Knokke – Bruxelles
• October 2010: Capture Brooklyn - New York City
• 2010: VI Giornata del Contemporaneo, Catania, ITALY
• April 2010: Fresh Fairs, Los Angeles, USA
• March 2010: Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
• February 2010: New Visions @ The Center For Fine Art Photography, Denver, USA
• December 2009: Lineart, Gent, Belgium
• June 2009: Depentedency, Within the 2009 Biennal of Art, Venezia, Italy
• February 2009: Focus on Imaging, Birmingham, UK
• December 2007: VIPC Exibition, Venezia, Italy
• April 2007: Esplorazoni, Galleria Vecchio Bastione, Catania, Italy
• January 2007: Best of VIPC 2006, Venezia, Italy

Main Publications

PDN Photobook NYC, 2011 / New York Times, USA, Insulae, 2010 / Journey Three, The Travel Photographer of the Year, UK, 2010 / The
Photo Paper, USA, 2010 / PDN Photo of the Day, 2009 / New York Times, USA, Lens Blog, Simulacra, 2009 / Gazeta (Moscow), Russia,
The Final Cut, 2009 / Next Exit Magazine, Italy, 2009 / Fotocult, Italy, October 2009, Italy / EOS Magazine, UK, / British Journal of
Photography, UK / Frammenti di Sicilia, Italy / Young Blood 2009, Italy / Young Blood 2008, Italy / Corriere Della Sera, 2009, Italy /
Canon CPN magazine, 2009 / Lensculture, USA, 2011

Galleries and Agencies

• Agence Revelateur, Paris, www.agencerevelateur.fr
• Samuel Maenhoudt Gallery, Bruxelles, www.maenhoudt.com
• Lensmodern, London, www.lensmodern.com
• L’Arte Club, Catania, Italia

Artworks

Artworks are available in different sizes, numbed and signed verso, printed as C-Prints or on Archival Pigment papers. Works are available unmounted or Diasec/Dibond mounted.

Editions are follows:
150 x 100 cm / 60 x 40 inches – Edition 5 + 1 AP § 90 x 60 cm / 36 x 24 inches – Edition 10 + 1 AP § 60 x 40 cm / 24 x 15 inches –
Edition 15 + 1 AP § 100 x 100 cm / 40 x 40 inches – Edition 8 + 1 AP § 50 x 50 cm / 20 x 20 inches – Edition 15 + 1 AP.

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