Monday, May 11, 2009

Profile : George Tatge

I am back in Umbria, a beautiful region in Italy where I was born , the region has been often under the lens of many photographers and perhaps it is considered for the quality of landscapes and daily life. One of the best essay ever done is the work of George Tatge , american in love with the region. I have met George Tatge some year ago during my assisting job in Pompeii (an ancient roman town near Naples) , that time George was directing the shooting of the frescos of the town as he also work as art coordinator of Alinari Firenze (one of the first Photographic company and nowadays archive of 3,5 million historical photographs). George has spent long time in his project on Umbria, black and white large format landscape which depict the magical mystery of this hidden heart of Italy.
here a note about George Tatge:
Born in Istanbul in 1951 of an Italian mother and American father.
He lived in Europe and in the Middle East most of his youth and studied English Literature at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he also began photographing under the guidance of the Hungarian artist Michael Simon.
In 1973 he moved to Italy, working as a freelance photographer and writer.
He has held workshops and exhibitions throughout the world and his photographs can be found in major museum collections in the U.S. and in Europe. From 1986 until 2003 he worked as Director of Photography at the Alinari Archives. He now lives in Florence.