Feb 6, 2017

INTRAMERICAS, CENTRAL AMERICA ON THE ROAD Book and E-Book


INTRAMERICAS Central America On The Road
 is the new book published by PadPlaces

Available on Apple iBooks, Amazon Kindle and Google Play
Also available in paperback on Amazon
Available in PadPlaces app (at a reduced price)


English and Italian editions

On the 15th anniversary of my trip through Central America, a moment of big changes in my photographer's life, we publish for the first time the complete photographic chronicle of that journey.

This is the introduction, and the idea behind the traveling..

I needed big changes. A new start. Maybe a jump start. Definitely an evolution if not a revolution.
This was a personal, professional, and even philosophical decision: a turning point of my life.

Oh yes, the peak of a career as travel photographer, the end of a love relationship, the uncertainties of a changing world (in a few months 9/11 would happen and my presentiments would unfortunately find confirmation), all played a part in my decision. But mostly was the attraction to go back “on the road” which was, and still is, my ideal living condition, that encouraged me in that direction.

In the spring of 2001 I started my small, short Odyssey, not in space, but in the countries of Central America. This represented a combination of ideas: to explore the heart of the Pan-American path, the passage from the Latin world to the borders of the English-speaking one, the trail of million migrants.

The magazine Gulliver backed my proposal, and a journalist friend, Paolo Galliani, joined me, at least for a while (I was spending longer then he needed in order to assimilate the local stories).

We landed in Panama and from there we went north using only local and long distance buses; occasionally collective and private taxis.

I had only a Leica camera, two lenses and a backpack half full of film.
What that journey meant to me is evident in the work that came afterwards.
It conveyed a much more photo-journalistic approach to my travel photography.
The perfection of framing, using tripods and comprehensive thinking, gave space and precedence to capturing moments and situations.
The accuracy of technique was not a priority any more.

The rest of the story is history, my personal history.
The nice people I met as well as the intensity of moments of fear (it was a hard and dangerous land when lived from the bottom up, as we did) provided color to the picture.
And it is not a land of smiles: very few people find the courage to smile in such a tough living situation.

This work can be dedicated only to them: the natives who willingly allowed us into their lives patiently, hardly understanding the reasons why, if caring at all.
In a society of hardships they represent the better side of humanity.

 

Jan 28, 2017

PORTUGAL ATLANTIC COAST


A journey along the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, from Lisbon to Algarve, through the westernmost European wild landscape, is a story now available for FREE in PadPlaces.

In October the autumn weather offers a stormy light that underlines the roughness of the environment still opens to a warm sun and reveals the beauty of this land.

Jan 21, 2017

MARRAKECH SOUK & RABAT


A fresh view to a Morocco that is changing, yes, but keeps it's colors and costumes to attract visitors, comes out from these two stories with unusual freshness.

On one side is RABAT, a capital city whose center in part of the UNESCO World Heritage list thanks to the modern architecture, that keeps modernizing but preserves the Kasbha as an icon.

On the other extreme is the SOUK of MARRAKECH, a labyrinthic mosaic of colors, merchandise and craftwork. Lots of touristic paraphernalia yes, but also high quality products inspired by the global market.

Jan 14, 2017

LISBON published today / full story for free


The Lisbon story is being published today on D La Repubblica delle Donne. It's a very nice presentation on how this capital city is lively today.
In PadPlaces you will find the full photographic selection in the Reportage section, for FREE. Enjoy!

Jan 9, 2017

iMOSCOW new edition for FREE


The iMoscow photo gallery, an intense series of images shoot on different angles of this controversial capital city, is available for FREE in the photography section of the app.

Some of the images are also available as Prints in the Fine Art website
Enjoy it!


Jan 2, 2017

DECADE Ten Years In Asia, HARDCOVER EDITION


DECADE Ten Years In Asia

The beautiful hardcover edition is now available. The 294 pages, 23x23 cm format, sales worldwide for the equivalent of around 55$ through Pixalib.
All the other formats, paperback and E-Books are still available through the usual channels that you can find here.

This VIDEO shows all the images of the book, in the same sequence and with additional contents. Enjoy!



Dec 22, 2016

FLORENCE TODAY a new story for FREE


FLORENCE TODAY is one of the stories recently added to PadPlaces in the Reportage section, available for FREE.

Florence might be a nice surprise for those who think the city anchored to it's Renaissance past and flooded by mass-tourism. All of that is still there of course, but a major clean up and new even if sober, subdued novelties are making a visit worthwhile.
The city center is finally walk only in many historic parts, the tram line is providing connections from the city outskirts, new museums (like Opera del Duomo and Innocenti) make the bathing in art and history a real pleasure.

See all the images in PadPlaces App.

Dec 16, 2016

SENZA CONFINI Il libro disponibile in tutti i formati (book available in all formats)






SENZA CONFINI La creazione del Calendario Epson 2017, è un libro ed è ora disponibile in tutti i formati.
The book on the creation of the 2017 Epson calendar is now available in all formats.

Il libro contiene le 12 foto del calendario più quelle che fino all'ultima selezione sono state candidate ma non ce l'hanno fatta.
The book contains the 12 calendar images plus those shortlisted that didn't make it.

Il libro è GRATUITO nell'applicazione PadPlaces
The book is FREE within PadPlaces App

The book has an English translation for relevant texts.

QUESTI SONO I FORMATI CON RELATIVI LINKS
These are the formats and corresponding links







LOFOTEN & BUCHAREST New Updated Versions


Re-edited with lots of news images both LOFOTEN ISLANDS and BUCHAREST stories have been updated and are available in the App.

If you downloaded the previous versions you can keep both on your device: just download the new version that will be saved besides the older ones.


Nov 26, 2016

SENZA CONFINI, the 2017 Epson Calendar


I'm honored to announce that I'm the author of SENZA CONFINI (Without Boundaries) the 2017 Epson Calendar.

The 12 calendar photos are available within PadPlaces app in the Photography section.

The book that includes the same 12 images plus those that didn't make it to the final selection is available, for FREE, in the Books section of the app.

Here is the presentation of the Calendar:

I'm honored to be the author of the 2017 Epson Calendar.
"Senza Confini" (Without Borders) will be presented next Monday in Milan. Images and more info at this link
http://www.andreapistolesi.com/epson-calendar.html


The presentation follows..

“When I started taking photos, in the eighties, I was drawn to landscapes, to geographical photography. Ansel Adams, Mario Giacomelli and Ernst Haas were my main sources of inspiration. Ten years later, my work was so precisely focused that the editor-in-chief of Atlante characterized my photos as ‘the aestheticized aftermath of an N-bomb’, so devoid were they of any trace of human beings. But then in the mid-nineties I set off on the path of reportage and had to come to terms with a subject that demanded a certain personal maturity: people. So I was quite surprised ten years later when the editor of another newspaper admitted that he had not chosen me for a landscape project because I was ‘just a photographer of people who had never done a pure landscape’. What a radical change in the perception of my work! In geographical reportage, people and the environment actually go hand in hand.
Now the Epson Calendar project gives me the opportunity to go back and rummage through my archive with a fresh view and all the passions of my past. In ‘Senza Confini’ [Without Boundaries], the landscapes, created by fusing multiple images shot using the panoramic format of the Hasselblad XPan, focus on extreme geographical areas exposed to the full power of the elements where people have played only a marginal role. They indeed mark the edges of the anthropic world, with horizons leading to an elsewhere and skies that reveal our impotence before the ineffability of the infinite.”


Thus Andrea Pistolesi, photographer for the 2017 Epson Calendar, describes the essence of our choice of a landscape theme for our calendar; the landscape not just as a natural panorama pure and simple, but as a condition that opens onto boundless horizons. The panoramic format amplifies the sense of the infinite, the absence of boundaries – thus the title – evoked in the photos.

Bound entirely by hand in 800 numbered copies, the calendar is composed of 9,600 original photographs produced using Epson printers, paper and ink, painstakingly mounted one by one. The panoramic format, used for the first time in one of our calendars, has represented a novel but exciting production challenge for us.

Prior to Andrea Pistolesi, other important names have accompanied us on this adventure: Giorgio Lotti, Franco Fontana, Mario De Biasi, Giovanni Gastel, Mimmo Jodice, Ferdinando Scianna, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Massimo Vitali, Vittorio Storaro, Gabriele Basilico, Maurizio Galimberti, Stefano Unterthiner, Luca Campigotto, Renato Marcialis and Francesco Radino.