As you may have noticed, we have been regularly featuring work of the students, staff and alumni from our supporting network of five design schools. There is a consistent flow of quality, interesting work emerging from this community, which makes our job easy! This week my attention was piqued by a freshly published book of photographs by Alessandro Calabrese, who graduated from NABA’s Master program in Photography and Visual Design in 2012. Since graduating, Calabrese has been keeping himself busy with artist residencies and both solo and group exhibitions.
Most recently, he has had a book of his photographs produced by Skinnerboox, a newly established independent Italian publishing house focused on contemporary photography. The book, titled Thoreau, is a collection of images inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, the American naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist and lover of wilderness. I am currently reading my way through The Portable Thoreau, so it’s interesting to see someone respond to these texts in visual form. Alessandro Calabrese’s photographs document both the expanses and details of the landscape, but human presence is always either candidly revealed or implied. I know little of the background behind this project, but it seems to be a personal documentation of a journey or experience, seen through an attentive and patient eye of the photographer. The simple design of the book gives plenty of space for us to contemplate the quiet imagery.
In addition to continuing with his personal work, Calabrese also contributes to the Luoghicomuni Collective. Looks like the young creative community is bubbling in Milan, great to see!