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.

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

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.

Jun 4, 2016


Seven new PORTFOLIOS have been added within the PadPlaces app, available for free in the BOOKS section.


More stories are coming soon...

Apr 28, 2016

SAK YANT Magical Tattoo, HARD COVER Blurb Edition, is here

The Blurb Edition of SAK YANT Magical Tattoo, English Edition, is now available on the Blurb store.
This elegant version is really nice, with heavy paper and nice photos printing.
It's rather expensive though, therefore we are working on different solutions. Still worth to give a look to this version.

Apr 16, 2016

OSLO DESIGN Published & Full Photo Gallery

The reportage on OSLO ART, ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN was published on D Repubblica Delle Donne, last Saturday.

Just a remind that the full photo gallery of this work is available within PadPlaces.

Apr 7, 2016


We are near the end for the shooting of the work on NORWAY, that will become a Book later this year.

This will not be a proper travel guide but rather a presentation of the country based on it's unique character. Nature will be central, of course, but also Art, Design and yes, history made of wood will be part of the presentation.

Ornella D'Alessio will be writing the texts.
We'll keep you posted on progress.

Apr 2, 2016


The ALL NEW PadPlaces website is now on line.

The site is simpler, responsive for mobile devices, and concentrated to the latest additions rather then to the full catalogue of contents available within the app (we have almost 200 single stories, books, reportages as now).

As usual any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks.. Enjoy!

Mar 31, 2016


Glad to announce that all the printed versions of our books are now available on Amazon (and they look nice!).

The newest books are
DECADE Ten Years In Asia (English and Italian editions)
SAK YANT Magical Tattoo 2016 edition (English and Italian editions)
INTRAMERICAS Central America On The Road (English and Italian editions)
SPIRITUALITY In Southeast Asia

Go to this website page Where To Find Our Books for direct links to the various editions.

Mar 18, 2016


Two new stories on NORWAY, shoot in the summer of 2015, are available within PadPlaces.

LOFOTEN is a FREE reportage for you to enjoy.
NORWAY RIVIERA is a story on the Southern coast of the country, the milder side of the coastline. This reportage will be published by Bell'Europa magazine later this year.

This is part of the Book project on the country that will be ready during this year with the texts by Ornella D'Alessio.
We'll be heading back to Norway in April to add winter images and more magical landscapes.


Mar 3, 2016


A special edition of SPIRITUALITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (still available here and within PadPLaces as a single volume in paperback and electronic formats that includes also Myanmar) is now ready.

Produced for AE-Concept in Bangkok, this beautiful edition of four volumes (SPIRITUALITY IN THAILAND, CAMBODIA, LAOS & VIETNAM) included in a box has a different, larger format and is produced as a limited print.
When available for purchase will let you know.

Mar 1, 2016

DECADE Ten Years In Asia - the new book

DECADE Ten Years In Asia, 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 (at a reduced price.

English and Italian editions
294 pages and photos, preface by Massimo Morello

The stories shot in the past decade around the continent, the most significant photos, the notes from Massimo Morello that wrote most of the words for magazines and books.

This is my introduction..

“As regards historical and philosophical richness, Asia is the only continent that can be comes close to Europe.”
“Asia is the only region that can be equated to America when we think about modernization, progress, and, unfortunately, globalization.”
“Asia can’t be compared to Europe, or America, or any other continent: the nations that constitute the most populated area on earth have such a strong charisma that even ruthless modernization cannot erase their identities.”

These were among the reasons why I decided to spend so much time in this part of the world.

My personal life quest is to travel in order to discover (and interpret through photography) human and environmental differences. After the ‘90s, when globalization had obliterated (or transformed, according to a more optimistic viewpoint) a great many cultural and ethnic characteristics, I felt this was the place where a newly humanized world was more vital, interesting, worth exploring.

The exploration was no longer geographical: it was rather a search in unforeseen places, in those hidden areas where character and contradictions attract the unexpected, the unpredictable.  The new future face of humanity.

After the first trip with Massimo in northwest Vietnam, a reportage for Geo shoot in 2005,  more stories surfaced, like a chain of ideas. These were countries I had visited for years, uncertain of how I felt as the changes were fast and surprising. In a short time the comings and goings gave way to a part time residency in Bangkok, the best place to live and commute.

Travel photography provided the groundwork for documentary research.

Asia is still the mosaic of cultures I consider challenging, and therefore the world’s most interesting.  But now is time to look at them in a different way—as part of the new modern society.

Feb 17, 2016

BUGIS Art Version

A new Art version of the BUGIS Seafarers is now available (fore FREE) in the Photography section of PadPlaces.
These are 48 photos taken from the original story, still available in the Reportage section of the App.

Feb 12, 2016


SAK YANT Magical Tattoo, the book, in now available in a new layout with Sayan tattoo images and a new text by Massimo Morello.

The book is also available in a beautiful printed paperback edition purchasable through Amazon.

This is a major update to the work that is, by the way, our best selling publication.

Both English and Italian versions are available.

Available as usual at a discounted price within PadPlaces app, the book is available in major on line stores. See the page of this blog on "where to find our books".

SAK YANT Tatuaggio Magico, il libro, è adesso disponibile in una nuova edizione con disegni dei maestri Sayan e un nuovo testo di Massimo Morello.

Il libro è anche disponibile in una bella edizione stampata.

Disponibile a un prezzo ridotto nei contenuti dell'applicazione PadPlaces, può essere acquistato presso i maggiori store on line. Per i link esatti visitate la pagina di questo blog "where to find our books".

Feb 8, 2016

LO MA and CHINESE OPERA stories updated

Two stories in PadPlaces, CHINESE OPERA IN BANGKOK, and LOMA GIRL OF THE MUAY THAI, have been updated with new and revised images.

If you had downloaded these stories we suggest you download them again to get the latest version.

And please update the app to the latest 4.3 update, and send us feedback on the functionality..

Feb 5, 2016


The update for PadPlaces app, version 4.3, is finally available on iTunes. This version is solving issues with iOS 9 and offers higher resolution images.

In a short time we will give you infos on new content and discounted stories.

A technical note: if you have issues in updating the app (such as seeing old menu images, a problem that may be caused by your device cache) we suggest to delete the old version and install the app as new. You might need to download the previously installed contents again but you will not need to pay, of course, and you will have the latest version.

And send us feedback if you encounter any problem. Thanks!

Jan 8, 2016


SPIRITUALITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA is the new photo book now available in PadPlaces app, but also in the paperback edition and, as usual, on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks and Google Play. To find the related links see the page "Where to Find Our Books" in this blog.

The book is photographic and graphic gallery dedicated to the intense spirituality of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. A human mosaic where color and culture are surviving globalization at least in this aspect of life.

The photographs are selected and revisited to create a visual experience (there is no text or captioning) that is like a trip in the intimate soul of Asia humanity.

Here are some screen shots to give you an idea of the concept. Enjoy..

Jan 4, 2016


The selection of images shoot in Bangkok during my 2015 permanence in the city is now available as portfolio for free within PadPlaces App in the Photography section.

Many of the images were shoot during the TPW Workshop in the city, a great occasion to rediscover the many contrasts of the metropolis.
We look forward to replicate the experience next February (13th through 20th) and you are welcome to join.

Please keep in mind that we are still working on the App update for iOS 9 that will be available soon.