PAST AND PRESENT
Vanishing and Contemporary
An Exhibition By
September 2019 – January 2020
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Photographer Mirella Ricciardi to exhibit iconic and unseen works, in upcoming exhibition ‘Past and Present’ at Augustus Brandt Gallery, Petworth
“Not only, a ‘must see’ exhibition but a ‘must hear’ talk by the artist, in person – a poet with a camera.”
“A wonderful, thought provoking, moving exhibition.”
“A very talented lady who captures the very essence of these people. Unforgettable.”
“A real privilege to see these images.”
“Movement and stillness. Strength and gentleness.”
“Extraordinary luminescent pictures from an extraordinary luminescent woman!”
“Mirella Ricciardi is one of the world’s finest creative-aesthetic photographers in the history of the medium. Africa, as recorded by Mirella Ricciardi, may well be “vanishing” but she has left us with a most beautiful, poetic vision and enduring record of the noblest of peoples and their exotic country.”
With a career spanning over 65 years and many continents, Mirella Ricciardi is a creative force celebrated for capturing the people, wildlife and landscapes she encountered on her travels, and recognised for creating a fascinating record of east African tribal life, which led to the acclaimed book ‘Vanishing Africa’.
Ricciardi’s upcoming exhibition, ‘Past and Present’ in collaboration with Augustus Brandt, a prestigious antiques and art destination store in the heart of Petworth, West Sussex will run from September 2019 to January 2020. The exhibition will showcase 25 fine art, platinum, gelatin silver and contemporary chromogenic prints from her ‘Vanishing and Contemporary Africa’ collection, plus never before seen work from her film and fashion collection.
Ricciardi was born and brought up in Nairobi, Kenya, to an Italian father and a French mother, where she travelled extensively throughout Africa. She studied and mastered photography under the guidance of the great French photographer, Harry Meerson, for whom she worked as an assistant in Paris. Ricciardi then moved to work in New York, where she met fashion photographer Irwin Blumenfeld, who suggested she go out into the field and start to hone her craft. She resided locally in East Sussex surrounded by her archives but recently returned to London. Here she is currently working with her daughter Amina (who is also director of the archive) on the ‘lost material’ found in Kenya in 2006. This collaboration between mother and daughter means that her legacy will be preserved for posterity.
The exhibition will also offer a unique opportunity to view Ricciardi’s prolific photographic career, including unseen prints, capturing close friend and peer Peter Beard on location with supermodel Iman, who Ricciardi discovered and introduced to Beard in Kenya in 1975.
The exhibition is a rare occasion to purchase previously unseen photographs, and for those new to Ricciardi’s work it introduces one of the most captivating photographic records of the last century.