Nino De Pietro


Biographical notes

Nino De Pietro (Milan, 1921) after completing his studies in Economy at the Bocconi University in Milan, he worked at the Banco of Roma between 1945 and 1954. From 1954 he began a long collaboration with the Kodak in Cinisello Balsamo (MI), where he remained until 1982 as Photographic Promotion Specialist. His first photographic experiences took place thanks to the activities promoted by the Circolo Fotografico Milanese whom he approaches in 1955. Since 1956 he is a member of the FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art) association which in 1962 appointed him with the title AFIAP (Artiste de la Federation International de l’Art Photographique) and ESFIAP (Excellence pour Services rendus à la cause de la Photographie) in 1979. In the following years he published his photographs, with a strong formal style, in the main specialized magazines of the time, such as Popular Photography, Ferrania, Progresso Fotografico. He participated to some competitions and exhibitions in Italy and abroad, receiving numerous awards at the International Photography Salons of Kodak in Rochester, London, Melbourne, Stuttgart and during the FIAF exhibitions in Turin (1961). He often used the Kodak Tri-X Pan film for black and white and the Kodachrome Ektachrome reversible film for color. In the 80s he opened a studio in the Navigli area of Porta Ticinese in Milan.

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).

A selection of his prints has been recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

All images © Nino De Pietro.