Roberto Spampinato

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Biographical notes

Roberto Spampinato was born in Milan in 1924. He began a photograph in 1950 with a precise taste for “instantaneist” photography with a Bressonian matrix, a synthesis of form and content. His name is linked to the activity of Ferrania, the most important Italian photographic material company, acquired in 1964 by 3M and in which Spampinato held various positions between 1940 and 1975. In 1953 he traveled with three friends to Paris, where he realized some images that then he decided to send to the newspaper Il Mondo. The director Mario Panunzio will hold twenty-seven images to publish them on several occasions: it is the beginning of a long and lasting collaboration. With the discretion and sobriety that distinguish him, Roberto Spampinato frequented the amateur environment and continues his activity with passion, while keeping his distance from the heated diatribe of the photographic clubs of this period. He published his pictures and articles in the specialized magazine Ferrania. He also took part in national photographic competitions receiving numerous awards.

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 the collections of international museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Musée Carnavalet (Paris) and in numerous private collections.

All images © Roberto Spampinato.