Fulvio Roiter

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Biographical notes

Fulvio Roiter (Meolo, 1926 - Venice, 2016) is one of the most important Italian photographers. He started taking pictures around the age of twenty and, in 1949, he began a member of the Venetian photographic circle La Gondola. Here he refined the formal quality and composition of his images and he took part in numerous exhibitions and amateur competitions. A trip to Sicily in February 1953 marked his career forever: the photos taken on that occasion opened the doors to the Swiss magazine Camera which published a portfolio. The Guilde du Livre publishing house commissioned him two photographic books, Venise à fleur d’eau (1954) and Ombrie terre de Saint-François (1955), which won the Nadar Award in 1956. Convinced of pure formalism style in photography, in 1955 he joined the Gruppo friulano per una nuova fotografia. In the same year he traveled to Sardinia, then he went to Andalusia for his third book Andalousie (Guilde du Livre, 1957), and in 1959 he left for Brazil, where he stayed nine months. In 1960 he published the Itinerari Italiani series and the Alpi Apuane photo book. Roiter rose to international prominence thanks to the pictures of Venice published in 1978 in the book Essere Venezia (Magnus Edizioni), winner of the Grand Prix at Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles. During his career he published about a hundred volumes. The FIAF (Italian Federation of Photographic Associations) nominated Fulvio Roiter “Master of Italian Photography” and in 2008 the Federation dedicated to him a monographic book into the Grandi Autori series. Fotografie 1948-2007 is the title of the first retrospective organized two years after his death, at the Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice, in 2018.

A selection of his photographs is included in the international touring exhibition nd in the book NeoRealismo. La nuova immagine in Italia 1932-1960, published in Italian editions (Admira Edizioni, 2006), Spanish (La Fábrica Editorial, 2007), German (Christoph Merian Verlag / Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2007) and English (DelMonico Books•Prestel / Admira Edizioni, 2018).

All images © Fondazione Fulvio Roiter.