Paolo Verzone | Cadets
Where: Manuel Ortiz-Rivera Foundation, Arles
When: 2 July – 23 September
We are very proud to announce that Photolux Festival becomes part of the official circuit of Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles.
Thanks to the partnership with the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film, to Nicolas Havette, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz and Andre Pfanner, respectively Artistic Director, President and Vice President of the financial sector of MRO, the exhibition “Cadets” by Paolo Verzone, curated by Enrico Stefanelli, will be in Arles from 2 July to 23 September.
Elegant, austere, disciplined, proud. The portraits of Paolo Verzone’s cadets could have been taken decades ago. It is a bit like if in Military Academies time had stood still, following the same rigid rules for hundreds of years.
A characteristic of the photographs of Verzone is their apparent simplicity of realization and composition, although this is far from being true.
First of all, even after the necessary authorizations are obtained, the photographer, or his subjects, need to follow many other rules: the rigid rules of the Academy which are obviously, almost always incompatible with the photographer’s needs.
The other aspect is the time that his subjects can actually dedicate to him, which is very little. But Paolo is now an expert on this and a very capable photographer, having portrayed, over the years, many politicians like the candidates to the latest presidential elections in France.
And eventually light, which Paolo knows deeply. He is able to guide it, divert it, model it and use it for his needs as if it was pure matter.
His sensitivity does the rest, giving us portrays of great impact.