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PublishedJune 14, 2017 at 04:41pm
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Renato D'Agostin

7439Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Photography, Paris, France
Saturday May 13, 2017 - Saturday September 9, 2017 - Event ended.

No American road trip looms larger in our collective consciousness than the one bound west, and has been both the favorite subject and a formidable challenge for most artists, from Robert Frank to Jack Kerouac. In 2015, Italian-born photographer Renato D’Agostin took the challenge and travelled the 7,439 miles from New York to Los Angeles on his 1983 BMW motorcycle, developing film in hotel sinks along the way. This initiatic journey gave rise to a series of bright and contrasted images, overwhelming with beauty, subtlety and grace, entitled "7439".

Renato D'Agostin: 7439, Alabama Courtesy Galerie Thierry Bigaignon
Renato D'Agostin: 7439, Houston, Texas 1 Courtesy Galerie Thierry Bigaignon
Renato D'Agostin: 7439, Las Vegas, Nevada Courtesy Galerie Thiery Bigaignon
Renato D'Agostin: 7439, White Sands, New Mexico 2 Courtesy Galerie Thierry Bigaignon
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Renato D’Agostin was born in Venice, Italy, in 1983. He began his career in photography in 2001 by exploring his daily world with his father’s camera, and thereby discovered new ways of transcending the beauty of the Most Serene Republic of Venice. Finding his inspiration in urban life, he traveled through the capitals of Western Europe, and after a period in Milan where he worked with the production studio Maison Sabbatini, he moved to New York. In 2005, he attended Fine Print courses at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and soon after became assistant to Ralph Gibson.

Dislocating subjects from their realities, Renato D'Agostin opens new portals in the viewer’s imagination by reinterpreting the relationship between space, architecture and people. Thierry Bigaignon comments: « Renato D’Agostin is an explorer-born photographer. He captures visual elements that most of us won’t even notice, and leaves his singular mark on every picture he takes and makes. Mastering every aspect of his silver gelatin photography, Renato D’Agostin knows better than anyone how to imbue a classical black and white picture with a contemporary cut". He adds: "Renato’s photographs, laden with abstraction and surrealism, are strong and powerful yet delicate".


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