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Extemporary exhibition at Stecca 3.0
Milan, April, 5 - 2019

Speech held in the context of SHARED VISIONS, conferences on the themes of Giancarlo De Carlo.

I will be concise, like the language of photography, that is synthetic.
I am happy to exhibit in this place dedicated to craftsmanship, I consider myself more a craftsman photographer than an artist.

And it is precisely as a craftsman of seeing, that I worked for the De Carlo Studio from around 1986 to 1998 and with the ILAUD from 1993 to 2003.

In all these years, from Professor De Carlo I have certainly received more than given, and what I received was the great idea of humanity, of understanding the other, whoever he was.

When I came back from the shooting of his architecture and showed the material to De Carlo, I was always amazed by his deep attention to what I showed him but also to what I told him, to what I had seen and to my general impressions.
Often it was information on the sidelines, of how architecture was living, of how the cement was aging, how and by whom it was lived, of various problems, which surely he already knew but he gladly listened also from me.
I have always felt great trust on me, constant encouragement, and gratitude for the work I was doing.
Not without criticism, for example when I took the photographs of Mazzorbo's gym, which had been taken with an intense blue sky, almost like a New Mexico desert, he told me: "... but this is not the color of the sky of the lagoon of Venice ... " and I saw the only time a disappointment in his eyes.
Still today I wonder what is the color of the sky of the lagoon of Venice, but I am afraid that the classic idea, that pale cerulean, like the one of Canaletto, is no longer there.

Once, during a chat about photography, De Carlo told me that he saw photography not only as documentation, but also as a poetic act.

Here are these hanging photographs, this extemporary exhibition, small and incomplete excerpt of the work done for the study, are chosen as a poetic act and as a thank you to his teachings, to the ideas of society and space, to the stories of his history as an anarchist partisan.

Thank you
Toni Garbasso

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