Milan was for Gabriele Basilico the beginning of his research and documentation of the city and the urban landscape. His first photographic project “Milan portraits of factories 1978-80” is an extensive work dedicated to the industrial outskirts of Milan. In this regard, Basilico said: “I think those portraits of factories, now thirty years old, were born from the need to add a balance between a social mandate – which no one had ever given, but that was the consequence of the admiration that I felt for the work of the great photographers of the past – and the desire to experience a new language, in freedom and without ideological conditioning”. From this moment on, the vision of the photographer changes and thus begins a quest that will take him to many cities of the world, among which Beirut, Istanbul, Shanghai... “_en I can see fragments of Milan, of my history of Milan, around Europe and, in the opposite direction, when I come from another city, by analogy or opposition, meeting in Milan new signs before strangers.” Enrich the volume texts and contributions: Roberta Valtorta, Gabriele Basilico (Letter to my city), Francesco De Gregori, Michele De Lucchi, Massimo Minin, Marco Romano, Gianni Ladle, Vittorio Gregotti, Marco Belpoliti, Luca Doninelli, Stefano Boeri, Mario Calabresi, Ferruccio De Bortoli, Gustavo Chermes, Matthew Hocks, Fulvia Brace, Francesco Moschini, Italo Rota, Alvaro Siza, Marina Spada.
George Tatge was 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 photographer Michael Simon. In 1973 he moved to Italy where he worked in Rome as a journalist and then in Todi, Umbria, where he lived for 12 years working as a freelance photographer and writer (reviews for Art Forum). His first exhibition in Italy was in 1973 at the Diaframma Gallery in Milan. His first book, Perugia terra vecchia terra nuova, came out in 1984. From 1986 to 2003 he was Director of Photography at the Alinari Archives in Florence. 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, such as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Centre Canadien d’Architecture in Montreal, the Helmut Gernsheim Collection in Mannheim, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. His work has been exhibited at the American Academy in Rome (solo) in 1981, at the MASP of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1988 (solo), at the Venice Biennale in 1995, at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice in 2005, at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim in 2003, at the GEH in Rochester in 2004 and at Rome’s MAXXI in 2007. His solo exhibition “Italia Metafisica” opened at Villa Bardini in Florence this year and will travel next to Perugia, Rome, Turin and Milan. In 2010 he was awarded the Friuli Venezia Giulia Prize for Photography. Most of his work is made with a 5x7in. Deardorff view camera. He lives in Florence, Italy.