Pigi Portolano documents daily life in Southern Italy. From his home base in Puglia, the Italian photographer wanders the streets of Bari framing the beauty of the mundane. Portolano’s photography captures a dusty kind of elegance in a part of Italy that is free of the guilty obligation to see world-famous sights. There is a joy in small things here, and while these photographs may have a whiff of the faded, they celebrate the beauty in the unexpected.
Italian photographer Nicola Bertellotti documents the contemporary remains of great European villas. Steeped in Romantic conceptions of the transient nature of beauty, Bertellotti’s project captures the nostalgia, sublimity, and precarious auras that emanate from crumbling structures.
From behind the lens, Cernau frames the prosaic, capturing life in beauty and light by focusing her eye on the real-life moments one tends to overlook.
Luis Barragán described his work as “emotional architecture.” His use of vivid colours is to modernist design what Frida Kahlo was to visual art: a contribution to an artistic and intellectual movement that does not eschew vibrancy nor humanism.