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Fabrizio La Torre

Italy Born in: 1921

Fabrizio La Torre (b. Rome 1921 d. Brussels 2014) was an Italian neo-realist photographer working during the period 1950-1960 who left behind a body of work focussing on three specific geographical areas:  Italy, North America, which he spent  several months visiting in 1955 and Asia where he lived for five years (1956-61).

Fascinated by the task of capturing moments of  truth and intimacy which characterise the human condition all over the world, he gives us moments of insight into life which reach out to us bridging time and distance.  He holds up to us an affectionate and benign mirror, always knowing, sometimes amused but never mocking.

In 1965, success came knocking at his door:  he was offered the possibility of exhibitions and  publication but he turned it down for reasons he never fully explained.

The most we can do is note that this was also the time when the immense talent and historical importance of the photographic works, produced a century earlier by his grandfather Enrico Valenziani, were discovered.  This may have made him feel he could not compete, particularly as he came from a family which  was possessed of multiple artistic talents but in which no-one claimed to be an artist. Perhaps he saw himself as “a photographer” who was just the grandson of one of the founding fathers of Italian photography.  Who knows?

In 1970 he closed his archives and gave away his cameras.  He ceased to see his photography as an act of creation but merely as a kind of notebook of his many travels for his job.

In 2009 he agreed to re-open his archives  and to have his photos restored and digitised. He also permitted the first printed edition of his art photos.

Far from rejecting the switch to digital photography, he welcomed the freedom to render the shades, the tones, the “sfumature” which photo labs in the 1960s saw as “imperfections”,  at a time when hyper contrast was the big thing, deep blacks and anaemic whites were all the rage.  Fabrizio La Torre’s vision of the world was full of different shades.

The last few years of his life were spent hard at work.  He may have been a little unsteady on his legs but there was nothing wrong with his head - memory intact, imparting clear instructions and sharing many reminiscences. With Jean-Pierre De Neef and his technical team he fine-tuned every single print, perfectly willing to start all over again if necessary to achieve what he had intended 50 years earlier when the photo was taken -  the desired composition, lighting and contrast.

The exhibitions, the publications, the encounters with his audience came thick and fast: in Paris at the Italian Institute of Culture in 2010, in Brussels at the Ixelles Museum in 2011,  followed by the magnificent Retrospective  organised in 2014 in the Principality of Monaco. For a year he worked on a daily basis, taking advantage of this major event to give his final instructions.  Fate can be cruel: his heart finally gives out just two weeks before the opening of the exhibition which covers 800 square metres.  However, he knows he has done what was necessary, he has passed on his instructions which embody his desire to bring to life his photographic achievements  which are centred entirely on the human dimension, man’s adventures, his dreams, his fight for a better life.

Beginning in 2017, his curator, François Bayle, assisted by the team at Brussels Art Edition started work on the photos taken by Fabrizio La Torre in Asia during his five year stay in Thailand (1956-61). In November 2018, in Bangkok, a book entitled “Bangkok That Was” was published in English, which brings together these photos and, using the original notes left by the artist, tells the story of his life in Asia and expresses his affection for its people.

An exhibition with the same title took place for two months at the Serindia Gallery. Afterwards Fabrizio’s photos were taken to their permanent home in Bangkok, the cultural venue of the Central Embassy Mall where they are displayed and on sale all year round.

Meanwhile a new exhibition  is planned in Bangkok and a new book published based on the pioneering efforts of Fabrizio La Torre in photographing  in 1958 in the storerooms of the National Museum in Bangkok the painstaking lacquerwork representations of daily life of the Siamese people two centuries earlier.

At the very beginning of 2020 Jean-Pierre De Neef, François Bayle and their teams were working enthusiastically on two specific projects: the exhibition and the book on the lacquerwork mentioned above and a very fine exhibition  planned for 2021 in New York.  

Then along came the virus and upset the best-laid plans.  The projects have been postponed, in all probability for a year.

In order to continue funding preparations for these two major projects, the high quality art photos, validated by the artist himself  before his death, are now on sale.

This is an opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to acquire the works of an Italian artist  of recognised talent whose works are attractively priced before the exhibition in the USA, thus offering the advantage of a very strong potential for growth.

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Fabrizio La Torre, L’Attesa, 1962 (l’attente), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

L’Attesa, 1962 (l’attente), 1962
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Il traghetto, janvier 1956 - New York, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Il traghetto, janvier 1956 - New York, 1956
28 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,275

Fabrizio La Torre, Uomini e Cappelli, 1955 - New York, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Uomini e Cappelli, 1955 - New York, 1955
42 x 28 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,275

Fabrizio La Torre, Mezzogiorno al Pantheon, 1 & 2, Rome, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Mezzogiorno al Pantheon, 1 & 2, Rome, 1958
57 x 67 x 2 cm
Photography

€ 2,320

Fabrizio La Torre, Premiers Regards sur le Canada - le coffret « collector » de 12 photos, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Premiers Regards sur le Canada - le coffret « collector » de 12 photos, 1955
33 x 46 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 6,900

Fabrizio La Torre, Billiards, Toronto, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Billiards, Toronto, 1955
42 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, Pietra e ferro, la pierre et le fer, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Pietra e ferro, la pierre et le fer, 1955
42 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, On Wellington Street, Toronto, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

On Wellington Street, Toronto, 1955
42 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, « Da una macchina fotografica gelata », Canada, novembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

« Da una macchina fotografica gelata », Canada, novembre 1955, 1955
42 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, « The Rex Hotel », Toronto, novembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

« The Rex Hotel », Toronto, novembre 1955, 1955
42 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, « La ciminiera non è sua », Canada novembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

« La ciminiera non è sua », Canada novembre 1955, 1955
30 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, La partita di Hockey, Canada, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

La partita di Hockey, Canada, 1955
30 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, Al riposo, Canada, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Al riposo, Canada, 1955
30 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, Una fredda indifferenza, Canada, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Una fredda indifferenza, Canada, 1955
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, Universo bianco, Canada, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Universo bianco, Canada, 1955
30 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, Georgian Bay Airways, Canada, à bord du Canadian Pacific, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Georgian Bay Airways, Canada, à bord du Canadian Pacific, 1955
30 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, Ancora il vapore, Canada, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Ancora il vapore, Canada, 1955
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 630 € 750

Fabrizio La Torre, Premiers Regards sur le Canada - le coffret collector de 6 photos, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Premiers Regards sur le Canada - le coffret collector de 6 photos, 1955
33 x 46 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 3,900

Fabrizio La Torre, On Broadway, near Trinity Church, New York, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

On Broadway, near Trinity Church, New York, 1955
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, « Verticalità », verticalité, New York décembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

« Verticalità », verticalité, New York décembre 1955, 1955
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, L’Addio, l’adieu, New York décembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

L’Addio, l’adieu, New York décembre 1955, 1955
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Parcheggio condiviso, stationnement partagé, New York, décembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Parcheggio condiviso, stationnement partagé, New York, décembre 1955, 1955
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Bambini per la strada, New York décembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Bambini per la strada, New York décembre 1955, 1955
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, La Venezia dell'Asia, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

La Venezia dell'Asia, 1961
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Nebbia mattutina, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Nebbia mattutina, 1961
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Fratello e Sorella, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Fratello e Sorella, 1961
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Gita in famiglia, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Gita in famiglia, 1961
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, La Rolls del Re, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

La Rolls del Re, 1961
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, All’ombra del Bernini, 1962, (à l’ombre du Bernin), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

All’ombra del Bernini, 1962, (à l’ombre du Bernin), 1962
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, La Roma di Pietro, 1968 (La Rome de Pierre et de pierre), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

La Roma di Pietro, 1968 (La Rome de Pierre et de pierre), 1968
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Sole d’inverno, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Sole d’inverno, 1962
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Un religioso ascolto, 1965 (une pieuse attention), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Un religioso ascolto, 1965 (une pieuse attention), 1965
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Salita scivolosa a Trinità dei Monti, 1956 (montée glissante), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Salita scivolosa a Trinità dei Monti, 1956 (montée glissante), 1956
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Mezzogiono al Pantheon, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Mezzogiono al Pantheon, 1958
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Le Tre Vespe, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Le Tre Vespe, 1962
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Poveri ma belli, 1955 (pauvres mais beaux), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Poveri ma belli, 1955 (pauvres mais beaux), 1955
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Due ruote abbandonate, 1956, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Due ruote abbandonate, 1956, 1956
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, La sentinella, 1956, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

La sentinella, 1956, 1956
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Chiacchiere in piazza, 1956, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Chiacchiere in piazza, 1956, 1956
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Solitudine fra santi e colonne, 1962, (solitude entre les saints et les colonnes), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Solitudine fra santi e colonne, 1962, (solitude entre les saints et les colonnes), 1962
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Gli Elegantoni, 1956, (Les élégants), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Gli Elegantoni, 1956, (Les élégants), 1956
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Uomini dell’ombra, 1962 (les hommes de l’ombre), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Uomini dell’ombra, 1962 (les hommes de l’ombre), 1962
60 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Le Ultimissime della notte, 1955. (Au petit matin, les toutes dernières nouvelles), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Le Ultimissime della notte, 1955. (Au petit matin, les toutes dernières nouvelles), 1955
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Poesia Invernale, Fontana di Trevi, 1956, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Poesia Invernale, Fontana di Trevi, 1956, 1956
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Romanità, 1958, (Romanité), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Romanità, 1958, (Romanité), 1958
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Seduti sul Pulcino, 1956, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Seduti sul Pulcino, 1956, 1956
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Il peso degli anni, 1962 (Le poids de l’âge), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Il peso degli anni, 1962 (Le poids de l’âge), 1962
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Mi spiego bene ? 1962 (Je me fais bien comprendre), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Mi spiego bene ? 1962 (Je me fais bien comprendre), 1962
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Per vederci chiaro, 1962, (pour y voir clair), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Per vederci chiaro, 1962, (pour y voir clair), 1962
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Acqua e fantasia, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Acqua e fantasia, 1956
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Davanti al Messaggero, 1963, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Davanti al Messaggero, 1963, 1963
42 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Fabrizio La Torre, Rotondità, 1963 (Rondeurs), Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Rotondità, 1963 (Rondeurs), 1963
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€ 1,320 € 1,650

Roma 1950 La Vera Vita

Brussels Art Edition

Roma 1950 La Vera Vita
From June 22, 2011 To September 4, 2011

Bangkok that was (Galerie et Editions Serindia, Bangkok 2019)

Brussels Art Edition

Bangkok that was (Galerie et Editions Serindia, Bangkok 2019)
From November 28, 2018 To January 28, 2019

Promenade Romaine (Galerie Au fond de la cour, Paris, novembre 2014)

Brussels Art Edition

Promenade Romaine (Galerie Au fond de la cour, Paris, novembre 2014)
From November 4, 2014 To November 30, 2014

Fabrizio La Torre, Le Monde des Années 50. (Monaco 2014)

Brussels Art Edition

Fabrizio La Torre, Le Monde des Années 50. (Monaco 2014)
From September 24, 2014 To October 19, 2014

Fabrizio La Torre, Inverno '56

Brussels Art Edition

Fabrizio La Torre, Inverno '56
From February 2, 2012 To February 28, 2012

Fabrizio La Torre, Best of. (Bruxelles, FNAC Toison d’or)

Brussels Art Edition

Fabrizio La Torre, Best of. (Bruxelles, FNAC Toison d’or)
From June 1, 2011 To June 30, 2011

Roma, La Vera Vita (Paris, 2010)

Brussels Art Edition

Roma, La Vera Vita (Paris, 2010)
From January 29, 2010 To February 26, 2010

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