Oscura Camera by Sergio Scabar
. First edition (2019). First impression. Medium format paperback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Oscura Camera
Self taught, Scabar became known for his originality of Il teatro delle cose of 1999, a work that marked his stylistic turning point. Devoted to a poetic research that focused on the essentiality of objects and their forms.
The exhibition for this book followed the chronological trend of Scabar's work - distinguishable in two phases: a first en plein air, of the Reportage genre. Then, a subsequent more experimental and reflective one where, from the nineties onwards, he defined his artistic figure by a more avant garde style.
His artistic production becomes more and more conceptual, coming to focus on the value of the “cut” in photography. Focused both on the framing at the moment of shooting. As well as a material cutout, a posteriori, of the photographic print.
Scabar focuses, above all, on the material aspect of the subjects. Investigated both in black and white as well as in color, with a series of Still Life on which he calls the philosophy of the "silence of light" to signify the condition of soft illumination of his works.
Scabar was born in Ronchi dei Legionari (Gorizia) in 1946, where he lives and works. He began to take an interest in photography in 1964. From 1966 to 1974 he occasionally took part in national and international competitions. Using photography mainly for story telling and reportage purposes. Then, in the 80s, his work takes a turn, the human figure leaves his works and his interest is concentrated on nature, sublimating the material and conceptual aspect.
With the work "Il Teatro delle cose" in 1996, he begins an alchemical print with silver salts "unique example". The artisan working method emerges more than the previous works: there is the contact with the materials, the re-appropriation of the methods, meticulousness and timing, the particular calibration on low tones, with the use of chemical and sensorial relationships, united in the search for the essence of creativity. In 2003 he received an award from CRAF, then in 2008 he published the volume "Silence of Light" for Marte Edizioni. Also, in 2010 the volume "Cidinors" was published by Associazione Cultural Colonos.
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