Born in Pordenone – Italy, Mattia Balsamini moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where he began his studies at Brooks Institute of California with a concentration in advertising photography. In 2010 he began working at David LaChapelle’s studio as a studio assistant and archivist. In 2011, after obtaining a BA with honorable mention, he returned to Italy.

Since then, he has been teaching photography at IUAV University of Venice as well as photographing extensively technology and its sociological implications – focusing his attention on work as a factor of identity of man. Over the years he has carried out personal and editorial projects for institutions such as MIT, NASA and the Institute of Forensic Medicine University of Zurich. His images reveal an interest in people and their stories, the functional aspects of technology and the graphic elements of the ordinary.


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Publisher: Skinnerboox (2021)

© 2020 Mattia Balsamini
© 2020 Mattia Balsamini
© 2020 Mattia Balsamini

This body of work started around early March 2020. I felt the urge to take advantage of the suspended time that we all had available, trying to learn something from it. Home and its territory have always been a mysterious combination of known and unknown. The way I find myself most comfortable exploring its surroundings is usually by taking into account both aspects. Looking close and looking far. A little at a time.

These images were made in the difficult and surreal circumstances we are still living in a year later. They have been an exercise to train the eye, to seek some sort of meaning in the objects, atmospheres and thoughts I’ve always been attracted to. In Search of Appropriate Images tries to fulfill the need to distill pictures that represent an inner voice – and it has been an opportunity to preserve and protect them.

Mattia Balsamini

© 2020 Mattia Balsamini
© 2020 Mattia Balsamini

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Andy Stott The Beginning from the album Never The Right Time.  Release date: 26 May 2021 Label: Modern Love.

© 2020 Mattia Balsamini
© 2020 Mattia Balsamini

Book Specs: Designed by Think Work Observe // March 2021 // Edition of 750 // Hardcover with 2 blocks // 19×26.5cm // 160 pages // ISBN 978-88-94895-42-1. Available here.


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