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Marina Ballo-Charmet

Galleria Alessandro De March

Artists working in photography often adopt an analytical method in order to filter out the chance nature of the moment and arrive at the substance of a subject. Marina Ballo-Charmet makes use of what might be described as an “encyclopedic” system, choosing a single subject to study in an enormous number of shots—as many as three hundred in a single outing, depending on the project—but printing only a very few carefully selected frames. While she presents her studies with a distant gaze, there is also a social component—an attitude that relates perhaps to her simultaneous career as a psychologist in a hospital. Her new series, “Parco” (Park), 2006– , takes her to green spaces in cities throughout the world, where she shoots during office breaks, weekends, and holidays, when people head outdoors for recreation.

The viewer’s first impression might be that this is a work of sociological analysis;

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