Olivo Barbieri

One original signed photograph
8 unpublished photographs
limited edition of 300 copies
23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.3 x 6.5 inch

Euro 150


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Louvre 2002 is a project by Olivo Barbieri that had remained hitherto unpublished. This artistic book conceived by the author, featuring images extracted from the body of work displayed in the Parisian museum, is masterfully constructed with a carefully-studied sequence, creating a journey through the world of painting seen through the representational codes of photography. Olivo Barbieri, one of the most appreciated artists on the international contemporary scene, uses the partial reproduction of museum paintings–surprising us with his use of framing and depth of field–as a pretext to have us reflect on the mechanism of vision and fruition of reality.



OLIVO BARBIERI is an Italian artist and photographer of urban environments.
He is recognized for his innovative technique creating miniature still photography from actual landscapes by simulating shallow depth of field via the use of tilt-shift lens photography. Barbieri's technique simulates the shallow depth of field effect of macro photography by tilting the lens's angle to the back plane of the camera, which creates a gradual blurring at the top and bottom edges, or left and right edges of the filmed image. The technique is called selected focus and the effect is that picture of an actual city looks like the picture of a model.

Barbieri began his career in photograpy studying at DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Bologna. After 1971, his interest in photography grew and, initially, he focused his research on artificial lighting. In 1978, he took part in several exhibitions in Italy and also abroad. In 1989 he started to travel regularly to the Far East, particularly to China.

In 1993, 1995 and 1997 Barbieri exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, among other international exhibitions, and in galleries and museums throughout Europe, North America, and China. In 1996, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, devoted a retrospective to his work, which has been collected by museums worldwide.

In 2003 Barbieri started the site specific_project (photos and films) describing cities like Rome, Turin, Montreal, Amman, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Siviglia, New York and others.