With my knowledge of studio lighting, I stumbled, by good chance, on the reproduction of artworks, and that is basically what I have been doing until now. In my personal work, I incorporate everything that I learned: how to compose; how to use the light meter; how to develop my film (I love the smell of the “fix”); and how to utilize the different qualities of film. Most of the time, I use expired film. I don’t care that it doesn’t give a “perfect” result; if it doesn’t, I photograph again!
Fábio Del Re
From where does a work start? What makes you press the shutter? In the Morandi Series, Fábio Del Re started from a concrete and, at the same time, subjective point: He wanted to generate an image that was able to translate the sensation he felt when he saw Giorgio Morandi’s paintings in 2012, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
It was not the still life that he was interested in, but the issues that Morandi’s paintings brought up, such as the relation between the objects and the background, the discreet volume, the layers of paint, and the presence of handcraft. A painting that is soothing, with quiet colors that feels like it is stretching in time, or even occupies another time. A painting that persists in our memory in a quiet form. Overwhelming but familiar, almost as if it has always being there.
From this subjective feeling came the first photograph of Fábio Del Re’s Morandi Series, in 2013. Its basis is photography… In the works that constitute this series, analog and digital photography are intertwined. They also play with the juxtaposition of negatives, double exposures, and the re-photographing of prints. They are the layers that, like in the canvas, overlap, and build up a poetic result.
From exhibition text ‘Fábio Del Re, Série Morandi,’ October 2015
Brazilian artist Fábio Del Re has been surrounded by photography since childhood. His father’s photographs, albums, and cameras were his constant companions. He moved to Boston when he was twenty and studied at the New England School of Photography (1988–1989) and received honors for his work in black and white. He spent six years in Boston and purchased his first Leica camera there. Returning to Brazil, he documented craftspeople and craftwork in places all over the country for many years. Then he had the opportunity to use his photography for the reproduction of artworks. Today, he is admired for his command of analog printing.
Fábio Del Re has often worked on assignment for architecture and home decorating magazines. In 2000, he received a commission, with artist Mauro Fuke, for two large panels to be installed at Porto Alegre’s Salgado Filho International Airport. Since 2003, he has worked for The Iberê Camargo Foundation photographing the painter’s work and documents for publications and catalogues.
His photographs have been shown in solo exhibitions in Brazil including Decomposition, Photo Galería, Porto Alegre (2002); Gavetas e outros Eclipses, Fundação Cultural de Criciúma (2003); Morandi, Espaço Cultural, Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM), Porto Alegre (2015) and Canela Workshops (2016). Since 2001, his work has been shown in several group shows in Brazil as an individual and with the Baita Professional, a group founded in 2008 by several friends who were brought together by photography. He was recently named Artist of the Year at Porto Alegre’s 10th Açorianos de Artes Plásticas Awards for Morandi at ESPM, which was also named as one of the best individual exhibitions of the year.