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A Throwback to 15th Century Portraiture

Swiss-Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini is enthralled with theatrical photography and Renaissance portraiture. Referencing the painting styles of some of most seminal figures in art history, his staged portraits mirror the dimensions, framing, and chiaroscuro of 15th and 16th century art. The series above, called 1406, is newly published by teNeues.

A part of Tagliavini’s process is designing the costumes and props by hand with a small team. His photographic inspirations include Jeff Wall, Erwin Olaf, and Gregory Crewdson.

In addition to 1406, this monograph includes all of Tagliavini’s photographic series to-date, as well as images documenting the evolution of his projects.

Christian Tagliavini was born in 1971 and grew up in Italy and Switzerland. Before his photography career, he worked in engineering and architecture firms and as graphic designer.

Christian Tagliavini
published by teNeues
April 2018

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