Gianni Berengo Gardin at the Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Camogli

From July 6, 2023, to January 7, 2024, a splendid exhibition of the great photographer will be held in San Fruttuoso di Camogli. 

The first time I saw San Fruttuoso was in 1960, and there was no one in the village. It was spring, mass tourism didn’t exist, and that’s how I discovered the village, with its life, its humanity, the houses, and the old Mill that always struck me. Maybe it was love at first sight, I don’t know. But something certainly clicked, not only in the camera but in the soul.” This is how Gianni Berengo Gardin narrates the story of an ancient and ongoing relationship, not just between his expressive art and this magical location but also between his spirituality and that of San Fruttuoso.

The words of one of the greatest living photographers, who, at 93 years old and a life lived intensely, never tires of creating art through images. Yesterday, he was the protagonist at the opening of his new exhibition, “Gianni Berengo Gardin. San Fruttuoso di Camogli,” set up in the Fai Abbey and destined to become one of the most important exhibitions of the warm Ligurian summer. The exhibition will be open for visitors until January 7, 2024. 

The exhibition, set up in two rooms of the Abbey, features twenty-eight black and white photographs taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin in 2020. After dedicating a photographic project to Camogli in 2008, of which he is an honorary citizen, Gianni Berengo Gardin created a new reportage on the Ligurian coast during the pandemic period: the emergency and extraordinariness of those months allowed for particularly evocative images, showing San Fruttuoso as a place of meditation in a situation of complete isolation.” 

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