Italian photographer Stefano CERIO (1962-) lives and works between Rome and Paris. At 18 years old he started photographing for the Italian weekly L’Espresso. During this first part of his career Stefano CERIO made portraits for both fashion magazines and newspapers.

The year 2001 is a turning point, in this new millennium Stefano CERIO began an explorative photography approach. Landscapes and architectures in the skillfully treated colors become a theater of absence. It stress an inaccessibility of the subjects: places of holidays or leisure in which we only pass. Stefano CERIO explores the collective unconscious representations we share about those areas. He deals with our expectations and the reality. Thus, in a same picture the fantasized image met the memorized one.

The uncanny emerges as a result of themes and of the peculiar shooting technique he used. The large format allows an array of tones. Stefano CERIO exploits it in his photographs to puzzle the viewer. He uses the possibilities of the view camera to give a feeling of unreality by the shades richness. Such setup needs the photographer to foresight the photos and to prepare it.

Photo taken in a park in China by famous italian photographer Stefano CERIO. We can see a giant basket fruit in the middle of a desertic landscape.

Stefano CERIO, Huairou, series: Chinese Fun, 2015.


Stefano CERIO, landscape photographer of the uncanniness

The derealization occurs in multiple ways. By photographing by night with the help of a spotlight for instance, we find this system for the series Night Ski (2012) and Night Games (2017). The light plays the role of indicative, it points out and delineates a chimerical object. Winter Aquapark (2012) and Chinese Fun (2015), for their part, underline the contrast between space and heights. The desolate aspect of the photographed areas allows to conceive the sometime present crowd. Disconnected to their functions, those places win in strangeness. Cruise Ship (2014) seems to be in-between both approach. Stefano CERIO adds to some photos of this series an effect of profusion witch enhance the vacuity.

Theses series are bound together by the absence of gaudy viewpoints. It is by kneading the ordinary the photographer achieves to reveal the uncanniness coiled inside the subjects. If you want to grasp the subtle enigma laying there, we invite you to take a closer look at Stefano CERIO's photo series.


Photographs taken in a ski station at night by famous italian photographer Stefano CERIO. The lonely chair lift give a strange feeling of uncaniness.

Stefano CERIO, Courmayeur, series: Night Ski, 2012.


Fairs and exhibitions:

Constructions Instables, Italian Cultural Center, Paris, 2019

Aquila, The Pool NYC, Milano, 2019

Amusement Places, Museo Pignatelli, Naples, 2018

Amusement, Galerie GADCOLLECTION, Paris, 2017

Night Games, Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografía, Turin, 2017

Night Games, Galleria del Cembalo, Roma, 2017

Cruise Ship, Mois de la Photo-Galerie Italienne, Paris, 2015

Chinese Fun, Fondazione Volume!, Roma, 2015

Paths, Dolomiti Contemporanee, Casso, 2014

Aquapark, Fondazione Forma per la fotografia, Milano, Italy, 2011

Summer Aquapark, proiezione video Museo Maxxi, Roma, Italy, 2011

Sintetico Italiano, Certosa di san Giacomo, Capri, 2009

Codice Multiplo, Città della Scienza, Napoli, Italy, 2005


Camera, Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Torino, Italy

MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma, Italy


Night Games, Hatje Cantz, 2017

Chinese Fun, Hatje Cantz, 2015

Viceversa, Contrasto, 2013

Aquapark, Contrasto, 2011

Sintetico Italiano, Silvana Editoriale, 2009

Codice Multiplo, Effe Erre, 2005

Machine Man, Silvana Editoriale, 2004

Dissolvenze corporee, Il Diaframma, 2002


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