This image is part of a series of photograms by Veronesi, a study involving movement, experimenting with long exposures and moving either the camera, light source or object to ‘draw’ a shape with light. It is typical of Veronesi’s experimental approach and his interest in abstraction and geometry. As he became involved with modernist sensibilities of the early twentieth-century, he experimented with line, form and darkroom techniques such as solarisation, micro-photographs and direct or double exposures.
Original: Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper 31 x 28 cm Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from Massimo Prelz Oltramonti and allocated to Tate 2015. © Comitato Luigi Veronesi, Milano
Luigi Veronesi (28 May 1908 – 25 February 1998) was an Italian photographer, painter, scenographer and film director born in Milan. Veronesi was central to the development of photography in Italy in the inter-war period and immediately following the Second World War. A prominent figure in graphic design and painting, Veronesi was deeply interested in geometry and mathematics and played a central role in the progression of photography in Italy at the time, and formed the photography group La Bussola. He continued to exhibit his work until the late 1980s.