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An Italian Flâneur in New York

As the son of an Italian father and an American mother, Martino Marangoni (born 1950) regularly spent time in New York as a child. It was the the magnitude of the city’s skyscrapers that first persuaded him to pick up a camera. From 1972 to 1975 he studied photography at Pratt Institute and was inspired by the work of Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander, among others. Though primarily based in Florence, Italy, his fascination with New York and his ties with friends and family brought him to the city almost every year. He was there when the Twin Towers were being built, and he was present when they were destroyed in 2001.

“The artist’s aesthetic is a melting pot of styles – gemütlich – shooting cityscape, still life, portrait,” writes W.M Hunt in the epilogue to Martino Marangoni: Rebuilding – My Days in New York 1959-2018. The book, published by The Eriskay Connection, brings brings together a collection of images from Marangoni’s archive taken primarily in Lower Manhattan, and covering a period of 60 years. 

“An intriguing testimonial of the fast-changing city and street life over the past six decades, Marangoni avoids nostalgia or dwelling on the past,” writes the publisher in a statement. “Rebuilding – My Days in New York 1959-2018 recalls a photographer’s search for his subject and unique expression.”

In recognition of the publication of Rebuilding – My Days in New York 1959-2018, The Italian Cultural Institute of New York will host the book’s US launch event on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8pm. Marangoni will talk about his work and sign copies of the book. RSVP here.

Rebuilding – My Days in New York 1959-2018
By Martino Marangoni
With an epilogue by W.M Hunt
The Eriskay Connection

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