BIOGRAPHY

1973. Lorenzo Castore was born in Florence on June 22nd.
1981. Moves to Rome with his mother.
1992. Lives in New York where works at Bob Seligman’s TV production office. Begins to photograph in the streets.
1993. Returns to Rome where studies Law and in the meantime photographs Termini Railway Station and Casilino 700 gipsy camp.
1997. Travels in India with his friends Giorgio Mortari and Saverio Costanzo: this trip marks an important step.
Goes by chance to see Exils, Josef Koudelka exhibition. This show causes a deep and strong impression on him: it changes his perspective on photography and much more, it is a real starting point. Studies photographic and dark-room technique privately.
1998. Wins the Dintorni dello Sguardo Award and realizes a commission for it photographing the west coast of Genova.
1999. Immediately after his degree in Law goes to Albania and Kosovo where photographs elderly Serbians imprisoned in an orthodox monastery under siege. Comes back with a frustrating feeling of disillusion regarding the News and photojournalism. Decides of not going anymore where things are happening – at least not before understanding more about himself and his own inner pushes – but where things happened. First trip to Silesia, Poland. His base is Gliwice, the town where Hitler attacked the Radio Station provoking the beginning of World War II.
2000. Back to Poland where photographs especially in the coal-mines and to India where photographs the routes to Gange’s and its tributaries sources.
2001. Again India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, then Poland and New York where photographs Ground Zero and the 9/11 impact. Joins Grazia Neri Agency. Starts to document the construction of many buildings for Gregotti Associati International. Meets Michael Ackerman that becomes one of his closest friend and partner of many adventures.
2001-02. Realizes the color series Paradiso in Havana, Cuba and in Mexico City, Mexico. Meets film-maker Adam Cohen.
Starts to document the work of the sculptor Giuseppe Spagnulo.
2003-04. Meets Christian Caujolle and joins Agence/Galerie VU': in Paris meets Anders Petersen, a mentor and a important source of inspiration.
Works on Nero in South-western Sardinia. Won the Mario Giacomelli Award.
Starts giving workshops regularly, activity that continues regularly till today.
2005. Works at Present Tense in Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Germany.
Won the Leica European Publishers’ Award.
2006. Moves to Krakow. Travels and works around Europe. Starts to edit years of his diary work Present Tense: the process is still on today.
2007-08. He’s in Hungary, Italy, Germany and Greece.
Starts to photograph middle aged brother and sister Ewa and Piotr Sosnowski and works on Ultimo Domicilio, a project in chapters about interiors of abandon houses.
2009. Shoots and directs with Adam Cohen his first short film No Peace Without War.
2010-13. Continues to work with Ewa and Piotr, at Ultimo Domicilio and Present Tense.
Realizes a series of portraits of some of the most important italian industrialists in their home’s living-rooms for the celebration of one century of Confindustria.
2012. No Peace Without War wins the Golden Frog as Best Short Documentary at Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland.
2011-13. Documents the demolition of the former Fair area and then the construction of buildings by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind in Milan.
2013. Works on Sogno #5, a photo-theatre-sound project realized with bipolar patients in the former Mental Institution Leonardo Bianchi in Naples.
2014. Realizes his second short film Casarola, a childhood memories dreamlike fairytale taking place in the Bertolucci’s family house in the mountains close to Parma. The pictures of this house constitute Ultimo Domicilio sixth chapter.
2015. Photographs his grandmother’s house just after her death: this is the seventh and last chapter of Ultimo Domicilio. Works at the development of Luz Network. After many years of preparation starts to work on a transvestites community in Catania, Sicily.
2016. Continues to work in Catania. Begins to work with Eloi Gimeno on the book concept and on the editing of more than 20 years of black and white photography.
Collaborates with the choreographer and director Enzo Cosimi at two new pieces, Estasi and Corpus Hominis.
2017. Works in Catania with growing intensity and commitment. Realizes a series in memory of his dear friend and great sculptor Giuseppe Spagnulo.

 

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

1998.
India. Minerva 5 Gallery. Rome, Italy.
1999.
Distance, New York. AOCF58 Gallery. Rome, Italy.
Dintorni dello Sguardo 2. Centro Civico di Cornegliano (GE), Italy.
2000.
Szczesc Boze. Polish Institute of Culture. Rome, Italy.
Szczesc Boze. Zpaf Gallery. Warsaw, Poland.
Szczesc Boze. Rapperswil Museum. Zurich, Switzerland.
2001.
Szczesc Boze. Ruined Theatre. Gliwice, Poland.
Szczesc Boze. Italian Institute of Culture. Krakow, Poland.
2002.
Szczesc Boze. GKS. Katowice, Poland.
Babylon, New York. National Gallery of Modern Art. Rome, Italy.
Babylon, New York. Pantharei Gallery. Munchen, Germany.
2003.
Fedeli alla Linea! (with Michael Ackerman). Alchemia Gallery. Krakow, Poland.
Gervasio, Concordia y Virtudes. Permanente Museum. Milan, Italy.
Paradiso. Grazia Neri Gallery. Milan, Italy.
2004.
Paradiso. Galerie VU’. Paris, France.
Nero. Palazzo Reale. Milan, Italy.
Nero. Torre Littoria. Carbonia, Italy.
Nero. Labyrinth Gallery. Krakow, Poland.
2005.
Paradiso. Lucca PhotoFest. Lucca, Italy.
Szczesc Boze. Spazio San Fedele. Milan, Italy.
The ground beneath your feet. Fnac Galleries. Milan, Turin, Genova, Verona, Naples, Italy.
2006.
Paradiso. Leica Gallery. Solms, Germany.
Paradiso. Photokina. Cologne, Germany.
Paradiso. Espace Le Mejan, Rencontres d’Arles. Arles, France.
2007.
Paradiso. Mai Mano’ House of Photography. Budapest, Hungary.
Paradiso. Envy Gallery. Frankfurt, Germany.
Non c’è altro amore. AnimaArt Gallery. Krakow, Poland.
Hands up! Yours Gallery. Warsaw, Poland.
2009.
Notebook. S.t. Gallery. Rome, Italy.
Notebook. Foiano della Chiana Foto Festival, Italy.
No Peace Without War. Noorderlicht Festival. Groningen, Holland.
2010.
Erratic Shelter. Espace St. Cyprien. Toulouse, France.
Portraits. Triennale Museum. Milan, Italy.
Portraits. Ara Pacis Museum. Rome, Italy.
No Peace Without War. Pasquart Museum. Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.
Ultimo Domicilio. Piano B Gallery. Rome, Italy.
2013.
Notebook. S.t. Gallery. Rome, Italy.
Polonia 1999-2013. Polish Institute of Culture. Rome, Italy.
2015.
Present Tense. Galerie VU’. Paris, France.
Sing Another Song, Boys (with Michael Ackerman).
Interzone Gallery. Rome, Italy.
2016.
Ultimo Domicilio. Grand Hotel Nord Pinus. Arles, France.

2017.
Ultimo Domicilio. Fondazione Studio Marangoni. Florence, Italy.
Italia (with Anders Petersen and Martin Bogren). Dunkers Kulturhus. Helsingborg, Sweden.

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2002.
“2 in 1”. Galica Gallery, Milan, Italy.
2003.
Circa 35. Mercati Traianei. Rome, Italy.
Unique. VU’ Gallery. Paris, France.
The fleeting moment between photography and cinema. Gianni and Marella Agnelli Foundation. Turin, Italy.
2005.
Accrochage d’ete. VU’ Gallery. Paris, France.
2006.
80+80 photo-graphisme. VU’ Gallery. Paris, France.
2007.
Altri mondi. Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
2009.
Dimensione massima 10×15. NoName Galley. Rome, Italy.
Clear Light. Fotografia Europea. Parmeggiani Gallery. Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Tout l’univers… VU’ Gallery. Paris, France.
2010.
Italian Emerging Photography (DVD) – Notebook. Italian Institute of Culture. Paris, France.
The singled person. Ankerbrotfabrik. Vienna, Austria.
2011.
Mineurs d’ici et d’ailleurs. Centre historique minier – Fosse delloye. Lewarde, France.
Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia. Circolo Fotocine Garfagnana, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy /  Fondazione Marangoni. Firenze, Italy.
2012.
Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia. Officine Fotografiche. Roma, Italy.
2014.
Prima Visione. Belvedere Gallery. Milan, Italy.

2016.
Omnibus Circus. Hotel de Sauroy. Paris, France.

MONOGRAPHIC BOOKS

Nero (2004)
Published by Federico Motta Editore (I).
Paradiso (2005)
Published by Actes Sud (F), Dewi Lewis Publishing (UK), Edition Braus (D), Apeiron (G), Peliti Associati (I).
Ultimo Domicilio (2015)
Published by L’Artiere (I).

 

COLLECTIVE BOOKS

The fleeting moment between photography and cinema (2003)
Published by Bombiani (I)
P-Zero (2003)
Published by Federico Motta Editore (I)
The Mercy Project / Inochi (2004)
Published by Mado-sha (J)
Photokina Visual Gallery (2006)
Published by BilderBilder (D)
Agence VU’ Galerie – Photo Poche (2006)
Published by Actes Sud (F)
El mar a la mirada (2008)
Published by Lunwerg (E)
Human Conditions – Noorderlicht (2009)
Published by Stichting Aurora Borealis (N)
Clear Light (2009)
Published by Peliti Associati (I)
Confindustria 100 (2010)
Published by Alinari (I)
L’un par l’autre – Photo Poche (2013)
Published by Actes Sud (F)
Mono 2 (2015)
Published by Gomma Books (UK)