Franco Grignani and the photography of the mind

Franco Grignani (1908-1999) fully comprehended the relationship between eyes and mind during the Second World War. Apparently, he reached this new level of awareness while he happened to teach aircraft spotting techniques in a military school.

The experience led Grignani to abandon architecture in order to focus completely on graphic design, a peculiar profession at the time. He started to experiment, drawing inspiration from Gestalt psychology theories, with techniques that he hoped would allow the reactions of the observer’s mind in front of reality to emerge, in compliance with the laws of mechanics, physics and optics.

Though he is mostly known for his work in graphic design (in 1964 he created the famous “pure wool” logo), the Lombard artist also explored photography with interesting montages, graphic manipulations, and superimpositions.

Here is a selection of some of his photographic works: abstract compositions from the 1950s.

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