Mario Ingrosso was born in Asti, Piedmont, in 1935. He moved to Milan where, as just a boy, he started taking photographs. Immediately he fitted into the amateur community, participating in countless exhibitions and competitions in which he obtained various awards. In the 1950s he made a series of journeys in Southern Italy to tell the peasant world through portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in which he combined a realist and formal language. Member of the Federazione Italiana Associazioni Fotografiche (FIAF), he exhibited his black and white photographs in numerous Italian cities, in Brussels and in Berlin. Over the years, Mario Ingrosso collaborated with various magazines such as Touring Club Italia and Bell’Italia and published his portfolios in specialized magazines such as Pentax Family and Tutti Fotografi.
In 1964 the Federazione Italiana Associazioni Fotografiche assigns him the international honor of AFIAP. In 2012, the same association FIAF gives him the title of IFI.
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).
His works are included in private and public collections, such as the ones of the Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore in Bibbiena, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
All images © Mario Ingrosso.