Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico (1944 – 2013) made a major contribution to the development of urban photography, and yet his work remains relatively little known in Britain. Basilico graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic and began to photograph urban landscapes in the early 1970s under the influence of the ‘new topographics’ approach. After portraying Milan’s factory buildings, he went on to photograph cities around the world for the next four decades. His formation shaped his distinctive way of observing urban space through the camera. By seeking familiar elements in the most foreign of places, he established an intimate bond with the city as an ever-changing living organism. What is the significance of Basilico’s work today, and what is its legacy? An interdisciplinary panel will reflect on these questions from the perspectives of architecture, photography, art history, and Italian Studies. While focusing on the work of a singular figure, the seminar aims to address wider issues concerning the relationship between photography and the experience of urban space.
Attendance is free. Click here to book a place.
Wednesday 18 May 2016, 5.30 – 7 pm
University of Westminster
Marylebone Campus, M416 (Evans Room)
The Bridget Riley Art Foundation, London
Department of Photography, University of Westminster
Università IUAV di Venezia
School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester
Chair: Davide Deriu
Department of Architecture, University of Westminster