Founded in 2008 by Arianna Arcara, Luca Baioni, Alex Majoli, Gabriele Micalizzi, Andy Rocchelli, Alessandro Sala and Luca Santese, Cesura is an independent photographic collective whose work focuses on documentary photography. Born with the desire to be a new and autonomous force in the international panorama of photography, and to cut all ties with the current dynamics of the market, Cesura has also founded its own independent publishing house and a printing laboratory, to provide its photographers with tools and resources that allow them total expressive freedom in every phase of their work.
The publications of the Cesura Publish publishing house, established back in 2010, have received countless awards and recognitions over the years, while the fine art printing lab is the place where the members of the collective experiment with new creative and productive processes without any limits.
To celebrate their work, but also the great changes that the collective has undergone in the last year, Cesura Publish has decided to present CESURA FANZINE #03, a zine that contains the photographic work of all the artists of the collective. The old guard, in fact, was joined by newcomers who immediately set to work on this new publication that revolves around the visual, physical and philosophical idea of the word “cesura” which literally means “cut” in Italian. A special feature of the fanzine is the possibility of cutting pages to discover a selection of unpublished images taken over 12 years.
All the photos of CESURA FANZINE #03, that you can buy here, were taken by: Arianna Arcara, Francesco Bellina, Stefania Bosso, Teresa Dalle Carbonare, Maria Elisa Ferraris, Chiara Fossati, Giacomo Liverani, Alex Majoli, Claudio Majorana, Gabriele Micalizzi, Valentina Neri, Andy Rocchelli, Alessandro Sala, Giorgio Salimeni, Luca Santese, Marco P. Valli, Marco Zanella and Alex Zoboli.
Every imperfection, every scar, every crease, every little defect becomes an added value in Berber Theunissen‘s photographs. Born in 1989, Berber Theunissen was born in Otterlo, a small village in the Netherlands, and later moved to Amsterdam, where she graduated from the Photo Academy. Today, Berber lives in Rheden and is represented by the Open Doors Gallery, on the gallery’s website you can find some of her beautiful photographs for sale.
Among her works, the photographic series that captured our attention the most is the one entitled “Skin“.
In a society where everything must appear perfect, at the limit of the impossible, Berber Theunissen’s shots bring us back to normality, show us another side of femininity through normal bodies, with all their beautiful defects.
As can be deduced from the name, Skin opens the door to moments of intimacy, where the skin is the only dress of the bodies photographed, but the more we flip through the photos, the more we understand that the focus is not on the skin, but on what is under it.
Longing to learn to embrace the skin I live in, I started this research to the skin of others. It’s about peeling back the layers, exposing something deeply intimate and true.
Below you can find a selection of Berber Theunissen’s shots, to discover all her works go to her website.
Born in 1991, Arnaud Montagard is a French photographer, originally from Nancy, who chose Brooklyn as his home and the world as the place to work.
Arnaud Montagard’s lens seems to be fascinated by simple things, ordinary and almost forgotten places, far from the chaos and frenzy of the city. Among his works, in which he often captures an aspect of America far from the common imagination, the one that struck us the most brought Arnaud to Japan.
Here, tourists are usually attracted by the thousands of neon signs and lights, skyscrapers and typical restaurants and technological innovations, while Arnaud Montagard seems to have gone in search of something to remind him of New York.
Thus was born the photographic series Ferry Tale, entirely made on ferries, which still today represent the best way to move from one island to another of the Japanese archipelago.
Although the shots were taken in 2018, the atmosphere immediately brings us to forty or fifty years ago: the interiors of the ferries haven’t changed and their neutral colors with leather seats give the images a vintage style that is emphasized by the natural light that changes day by day, hour by hour and enters through the large windows.
With Ferry Tale, Arnaud Montagard brings attention back to the journey, to the wait to arrive in a place, to those moments of transition that everyone experiences every day going to work or coming home and to which we never pay enough attention. Apparently dead moments that hide a forgotten beauty that we rediscover with immense amazement in Arnaud’s photographs.
Go to Arnaud Montagard’s website to discover the other works and follow him on Instagram to not miss the new ones!
There is something in the pools that attracts us irretrievably. It’s complicated to understand what in particular, maybe it’s the deep blue of the tiles, maybe it’s the flat calm of the surface, maybe it’s the water that’s always colder than we think. But behind this patina of perfection, there are also less magical and almost frightening sides. Photographer Natalie Christensen describes this dual personality of swimming pools in her series “Last night I dreamt I knew how to swim“.
Her passion for photography found Natalie Christensen almost by chance when she was a psychotherapist and had to move from Kentucky to New Mexico. Here she was immediately struck by the different light, warm and enveloping, which played with the colors and shapes of the buildings, creating fascinating contrasts between light and shadow. So she began to photograph, letting herself be captured by the structures, architecture and swimming pools.
The latter, in particular, are linked to the personal experiences of Natalie Christensen who, presenting the photos, recounts her first encounter with a swimming pool, falling into it without knowing how to swim, but also how with time, following her father’s movements, the pools began to represent her father’s business trends.
The pictures of “Last night I dreamt I knew how to swim” show us exactly what Natalie tells us, that these places are certainly fascinating, seductive and aesthetically beautiful, but sometimes their perfect flat surface hides the changes ready to turn life upside down.
There was a comfort in the stillness of its waters, albeit a calm that couldn’t be trusted.