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I had the pleasure and the honor I could make a t-shirt with one shot of the great photographer Mario De Biasi, thanks to the licensing given me by his daughter Silvia. I heard about his death when I was in Milano, in the home-studio of Roberto Mutti, a friend of him and a great photographic critic who drew my attention on the works that De Biasi had done during his artistic journey. Roberto himself wrote an article that I published and that can be read in the Blog.
Photographer polyvalent , after the youth spent in Belluno , he moved to Milan; with the magazine “Epoca” in 1953 he began his career as a photojournalist , which lasted until the ’80s . During the last thirty years he has made reportages from different countries. Among these are mentioned on the Hungarian uprising of 1956 , images of New York in the fifties and portraits such as those of Marlene Dietrich , Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren.
He has exhibited in the exhibition ” The Italian Metamorphosis , 1943-1968 ” and his work has been used as the official poster of the event, in 1994 his picture “Gli italiani si voltano” ( “The Italians turn” – it is portrayed , from behind, a young Orfei ) was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
De Biasi was interested mostly in film , architecture and nature , he has held exhibitions and workshops over the years . Has published several books and he has received awards and prizes ( among them, the Saint Vincent Prize for Journalism in 1982 and in 2003 the title of Master of Italian Photography , the highest honor of the Italian Federation of Photographic Associations (which , the same year , has dedicated to him a monograph .) on 7 December 2006 , on a proposal from Councillor for Culture , Vittorio Sgarbi, the Milan City Council awarded him its highest honor , the golden “Ambrogino” , with the following motivation: ” Belluno by birth, but lived mostly in Milan , Mario De Biasi is one of the deans of the Italian photojournalism . When he began his ‘ reconnaissance ‘ photo in the post-war Milan is capable of understanding the evolution of morals and the dynamism of the metropolis. With his images provides a key to a city in which nearly sixty undergoes significant transformations so often as to make it unrecognizable. imported from authentic Milanese , De Biasi , deeply loving our city, has been able to interpret every little change , every magical moment, all the more genuine reality and the lights of Milan, which has no age . ”
In 2007, these images were exposed and she was born Form – International Center of Photography in Milan – the exhibition Tales of water and life – Photographs by Mario De Biasi since 1948 .
He passed away on May 27, 2013 at the age of 89 years in a clinic in Milan where he was being treated for some time. Just a few weeks earlier at the Photoshow 2013 in Milan he was dedicated to the ” Lifetime Achievement Award ” for his ability to tell the big events , but also for the sensitivity and delicacy with which he has always approached the small fact that cross on its way .