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Rob van Hoesel
Rob van Hoesel
Rob van Hoesel
Jos Morree (Fine Books)
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As the son of an Italian father and an American mother, Martino Marangoni (IT) sailed to New York for the first time in the summer of 1959, to visit his American grandparents. He was nine years old, brought his first camera, a Kodak Brownie, and photographed the impressive skyscrapers.
His fascination with the city and his ties with friends and family brought him back to New York almost every year. From 1972 to 1975 he studied photography at the Pratt Institute and became acquainted with the work of Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander, among many other New York based street photographers. It is there where he developed his subjects of interest and his photographic style.
Marangoni was not only in New York when the Twin Towers were being built, but he also happened to be there when they collapsed in 2001. Since that day he has returned to visit Ground Zero regularly, documenting the rebuilding of the area and the changing neighbourhood. Witnessing the 9/11 attacks drew hem back to his archive.
Rebuilding – My Days in New York is a collection of images from Marangoni’s archive, covering a period of 60 years. An intriguing testimonial of the fast changing city and street life in the past six decades. Marangoni avoids nostalgia or dwelling on the past. Supplemented with anecdotes and personal notes, he provides a reflection of the development of photography in relation to the city, and his personal experiences herein. Rebuilding recalls a photographer‘s search for his subject and unique expression.
With an epilogue by W.M. Hunt.
Martino Marangoni was born in Florence in 1950, where he currently lives. As the son of an Italian father and American mother he grew up bilingual and is of dual nationality. From 1972 he studied photography at Pratt Institute, New York, graduating in 1975. By visiting the U.S. and especially New York every year he maintained his close ties with America and in 1988 was ‘visiting professor’ at the Cooper Union. Studio Marangoni Foundation (FSM) was founded in 1991, a non-profit organisation which provides international, high quality education programs with the intention of promoting the Art of Photography. As its president Martino Marangoni plays a fundamental role as teacher and mentor for the school and its gallery. Since 1999 the foundation has been the Florence photography department of both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College Study Abroad Programs. Marangoni is a member of the International Photo Curators Association (Oracle) and since 2010 of the Society of Photographic Education in the USA. Simultaneously with his work at FSM Marangoni carries out a personal research as an artist obtaining international acclaim.