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Rob van Hoesel
Luca di Salvo
Modulgrafica Forlivese (IT)
Danilo Montanari Editore
In the mid eighties after living between New York and Florence for twenty years, Martino Marangoni (IT) returned to his family home and started to photograph the place where he grew up. He took walks through the large property with his son, wandered down paths among olive trees and artichokes, reliving childhood memories of when he used to escape into the fields to contemplate the land, gather its fruits and flowers.
Ever since Marangoni continued to stroll through the orchard frequently and photographed the land in decay in different seasons. Meanwhile a part of the Tuscan farmland has been turned into gardens. Not all of the land is maintained and many of the fields are abandoned and appear sad and desolate. Farmers are now a rare species and the new inhabitants, often from abroad, don’t have a knowledge of local farming traditions.
Nonni’s Paradiso – An Olive Tree Story is a walk through an olive tree garden, through time, through personal memories and essentially trough the aging seasons of life.
Martino Marangoni was born in Florence in 1950, where he currently lives. As the son of an Italian father and American mother he grew up bilingual and is of dual nationality. From 1972 he studied photography at Pratt Institute, New York, graduating in 1975. By visiting the U.S. and especially New York every year he maintained his close ties with America and in 1988 was ‘visiting professor’ at the Cooper Union. Studio Marangoni Foundation (FSM) was founded in 1991, a non-profit organisation which provides international, high quality education programs with the intention of promoting the Art of Photography. As its president Martino Marangoni plays a fundamental role as teacher and mentor for the school and its gallery. Since 1999 the foundation has been the Florence photography department of both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College Study Abroad Programs. Marangoni is a member of the International Photo Curators Association (Oracle) and since 2010 of the Society of Photographic Education in the USA. Simultaneously with his work at FSM Marangoni carries out a personal research as an artist obtaining international acclaim.