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Dino Pedriali

Dino Pedriali (Rome, 1950) is an Italian photographer; he currently lives and works in Rome. In 2004, on the occasion of the retrospective ‘Portraits and Nudes - Photographs by 1974/2003’, the art critic Peter Weiermair defined Pedriali as the “Caravaggio of photography of the 20th century”, referring in particular to the nude genre. He wrote: “As Caravaggio took his models from the street and ennobled them in his paintings, flaunting their lascivious beauty in mythological or biblical robes (young love or senescent apostles!), And ripping their clothes from the body, so even bare Pedriali his proletarian models showing the strength, pride, silent self-consciousness.” Pedriali is the Caravaggio of Photography not only in his way of depicting, photographing, and staging the naked body of his models, but also for his unique adoption of a genre in which the great painter of the 17th century excelled: still-life painting, which established itself as a genre of its own in the 17th century, favoured by the secular cultural revolution and a new artistic orientation of which Caravaggio was a leading figure. His lens captured people off the street and remarkable men such as Segal, Giacomo Manzu, Giorgio De Chirico, Federico Zeri, Marcel Carné, Rama, Alberto Moravia, Federico Fellini, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, Man Ray, and Pier Paolo Pasolini , the latter photographed at his home in Chia in 1975 for the book Oil shortly before his tragic murder, which occurred on 2 November 1975 in Idroscalo Ostia.