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Italian Wanderer

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Leica Gallery Salzburg currently presents the exhibition 'Flaneur' by Piergiorgio Branzi, continuing until April 23, 2016. Branzi's (*1928) black and white images are counted among the most important representatives of Italian photography, along with the work of Mario Giacomelli, Mario De Biasi and Gianni Berengo Gardin. His visual approach shows influences of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Giuseppe Cavalli. Branzi's street scenes, capturing the everyday lives of his contemporaries, are distinguished by poetic compositions and a wry love of detail. They are reminiscent of spontaneous snapshots, while at the same time adhering to a strictly formal style.

The self-confessed 'wanderer' discovered his passion for photography at an early age, collecting discarded celluloid strips from his neighbourhood cinema as a young child.
A visit to a Cartier-Bresson exhibition in 1953 inspired Branzi to acquire his first camera. In the years that followed, he documented the social conditions in post-war Italy.

Leica Gallery Salzburg now presents an extensive overview of Branzi's career, spanning from his earliest years as a photographer to his most recent works. The approximately 50 images on display will be for sale as limited edition prints.

By the way, Piergiorgio Branzi's work will be featured in the Leica Classic segment of LFI 4/2016, which will be available on May 20.

For further information visit Leica Gallery Salzburg

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