In his latest body of work, Giacomo Brunelli turns his distinctive lens on the most iconic of cities, New York. Documented over the last 12 months, New York features his distinctive film-noir style to create a unique and evocative view of the city and its famous landmarks. Working entirely in analogue format, Brunelli shoots his photographs with a 1960s Miranda Sensomat 35mm camera given to him by his father, and meticulously handprints his photographs in limited editions.
The series belongs to a long and rich photographic tradition of celebrated photographers (William Klein, Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott) who brought a new visual intensity and originality to photographing the city. New York is the result of his constant walking, often for ten hours a day, chancing upon particular things that sparked Brunelli’s interest be that the shape of a hat, a piece of clothing or demeanour of a person. Adopting the position of voyeur or spy, he follows his prey until he alights on the right time to create the image. By pushing the lens to the closest point of focus, almost touching the subject, he suggests a very close intimacy with these strangers, whilst at the same time respecting their anonymity.
Giacomo Brunelli first two major projects, The Animals and Eternal London have received great critical acclaim and were published as books by Dewi Lewis Publishing. Brunelli has exhibited widely and received several awards including the Sony World Photography Award, the Gran Prix Lodz, Poland, and the Magenta Foundation’s ‘Flash Forward 2009’. His work is held in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and Portland Art Museum, USA. To see more of Giacomo’s work, and for sizes and prices, Click here