Futurist photography on show

From March 15th to April 6th 1931, Turin held the Experimental Show of Futurist Photography. Exactly one year ealier, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Guglielmo Sansoni (known as Tato) had published the “Futurist Photography Manifesto”, advocating for “photographic science” to trespass into “pure art” in order to “automatically favor its development in the fields of physics, chemistry, and war”.

Futurist photography experiments had starter at least twenty years earlier, since the Bragaglia brothers – Carlo Lodovico, Arturo and Anton Giulio – had began studying photodynamics. Their inspiration was scientific photography, which aimed to overcome the merely naturalistic quality of photographic research.

Those were, of course, twenty years of intense efforts, spearheaded by European avant-garde movements such as Dadaism, Surrealism and Bauhaus; various Futurist leaders – including Fortunato Depero – explored photomontage, photo collage, and aerial photographs at the time.

The outcome was a wide range of fantastic pieces showcased in Turin in 1931 – and in our gallery for you today.

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino, 15 marzo-6 aprile 1931

Experimental Show of Futurist Photography, Turin, March 15th - April 6th 1931

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino, 15 marzo-6 aprile 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography, Turin, March 15th - April 6th 1931

Experimental Show of Futurist Photography, Turin, March 15th - April 6th 1931

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Tato (Guglielmo Sansoni, Bologna, 1896 – Rome, 1974), "Perfect Middle-Class Man"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Studio biemme, "Traffic"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Studio Bertieri, "Polar Landscape"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Anton Giulio Bragaglia (Frosinone, 11 February 1890 – Rome, 15 July 1960), "The Near-sighted Man"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Piero Boccardi, "Literary Portrait of Hon. Buronzo"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Tato (Guglielmo Sansoni, Bologna, 1896 – Rome, 1974), "Marinetti. Oratory Portrait"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Alberto Montacchini (Parma, 13 April 1894 – Parma, 20 August 1956), "Musical Alchemy"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Giovanni Giuseppe Guarnieri (Locorotondo, 1892 - Mendoza, 1976), "The Man who Lost Himself"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Giovanni Giuseppe Guarnieri (Locorotondo, 1892 - Mendoza, 1976), "Lands and Seas"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Piero Boccardi, "Adam's Sin"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Luigi Vaghi (Parma, 1 September 1882 – Parma, 2 January 1967), "The Pleasure"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Giovanni Giuseppe Guarnieri (Locorotondo, 1892 - Mendoza, 1976), "The Baker"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Mario Castagneri (Alessandria,1892 - Milan, 1940), "A Song"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Giovanni Giuseppe Guarnieri (Locorotondo, 1892 - Mendoza, 1976), "Self-Portrait"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Giuseppe Enrie (Ceresole Alba, 9 November 1886 - Turin, 11 November 1961), "Dusk"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Giovanni Giuseppe Guarnieri (Locorotondo, 1892 - Mendoza, 1976), "The Sails""

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Piero Boccardi, "Turin Nightmare"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Maggiorino Gramaglia (Turin, 1895-1971), "Tomaselliana"

Mostra sperimentale di fotografia futurista, Torino 1931 - Experimental Show of Futurist Photography

Piero Boccardi, "From Light to Darkness"

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