Stefano Robino

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Biographical notes

Born in Turin in 1922, Stefano Robino began working as a technical designer at FIAT Grandi Motori in 1939. Passionate about painting, in the post-war period he exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions. At the end of the 40’s he made his first photographs on human nature. Since his first images are permeated by references to classical and modern paintings, he described himself as “a painter who photographs”. With the birth of the firstborn, in 1952, his poetry was enriched with new subjects, related to the family and the world of childhood. He had many shows that allowed him to get several awards. In the 60s and 70s he focused his interest on industrial work, on society and on urban landscape in transformation. He died in Turin in 2017. His photographs were published in magazines such as LIFE, Popular Photography Italiana, Ferrania. Among the exhibitions figure: Stefano Robino (Collegno and Turin, 2004), Sentieri di luce. Artisti fotografi a Torino dal 1946 al 1970 (Turin, 2004), Annicinquanta. La nascita della creatività italiana. (Milan, 2005). It is the 2014 exhibition ll fare, il limite, la bellezza. Alle origini di un’Italia industriale (CMC, Milan), organized by ADMIRA.

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 photographs is included in the recent acquisition of Italian Post-War photography made by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

All images © Archivio Stefano Robino.