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Festival of Fashion and Style in Photography

Fashion and Style in Photography is the biggest festival of photography in Russia. In 15 years it has grown from a onehall exhibition in Ostozhenka street, in an old mansion which then housed the House of Photography, to more than forty halls, galleries, clubs and principal exhibitions at the renovated and rebranded Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow. The whole festival is coordinated by Olga Sviblova, nicknamed “Miss Russian photography.”

The city government, seeing huge queues at Sviblova’s exhibitions when the festival first stated, supported the opening of the new museum. But even her huge new exhibition space isn’t enough to house the whole festival. Sviblova, who says that the Museum’s mission is “to give people the possibility to travel to the past and to the future” has managed to collect around 82,000 prints and negatives from Russian photographers of different epochs. This has enabled her to organise regular exhibitions in the capital, other cities of Russia and abroad.

On March 15th the Fashion and Style in Photography festival opens, uniting the work of a variety of photographers, grouped together under two themes: People of the World and Italy in Focus, opens around Moscow. Details of the venues were unavailable at time of going to press, but we will be posting information on the PASSPORT website and our Facebook page.

Here are some of the highlights:

Cotroneo Family’s Photographic Collection (Italy).
In this collection, you will find the works of some of the better known and respected Italian photographers such as: Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Giodicce, Antonio Biasucci, Silvio Wolf, Vettor Pisani, Bruna Esposito, Raffaela Basilico, Mario Giacomelli, Paolo Ventura, Franco Fontana.

Portraits by John Cambridge (Great Britain).
John Cambridge has photographed scores of celebs, including four British Prime Ministers, Queen Elizabeth, and some of the world’s most talented actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino. Some of his works are stored in the Queen’s library at Winsor. On display are 40 celebrity portraits from Cambridge’s several books.

Tacio Secciaroli (Italy).
This Italian photographer was a model the character Paparazzo in Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita. Tacio Secciaroli’s own images featuring the stars of the 1950s and 1980s are on display.

The Pirelli calendar.
The Pirelli calendar is regularly on display at the Festival of Fashion and Style in Photography. The author of this year’s edition is Karl Lagerfeld himself. His gorgeous minimalistic compositions are expectedly in black and white.

Mick Jagger. The Photobook
A face that has changed, like his chameleon- like personality; brazen-faced and physically nimble with sensuous, rubber lips. He is the archetypical rock icon who has left his mark on music. Don’t worry, these are not photos taken by Mick, they are photos of Mick. 70 portraits by leading photographers who trace his career right through to the present day.

Italian Realism. Photography 1945–1975. Masterpieces from the collection of Paolo Morello
Vintage prints from Paolo Morello’s extraordinary collection covers the history of Italian photography from the post-war years through to the mid- 70s. The exhibition, curated by Alessandra Mauro and Paolo Morello, presents 250 vintage prints, masterpieces from leading Italian photographers active in the 1950s and 1960s. In all, there are just over 30 photographers: Gianni Berengo Gardin, Carlo Bevilacqua, Paolo Bocci, Piergiorgio Branzi, Giuseppe Bruno, Alfredo Camisa, Calogero Cascio, Elisabetta Catalano, Carla Cerati, Vittorugo Contino, Mario Cresci, Francesco Carlo Crispolti, Mario De Biasi, Toni Del Tin, Mario Dondero, Ferruccio Ferroni, Mario Finocchiaro, Caio Mario Garrubba, Mario Giacomelli, Mario Lasalandra, Giorgio Lotti, Pepi Merisio, Giuseppe Möder, Paolo Monti, Federico Patellani, Tino Petrelli, Vittorio Piergiovanni, Franco Pinna, Marialba Russo, Antonio Sansone, Tazio Secchiaroli, Elio Sorci.

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