Massimo Listri reminds us that everything is a question of perspective where even the most over used thematic can acquire a new dimension, when approached from the right vantage point.
Massimo Listri’s career has spanned 30 years and although he has experimented with everything, he is famous for his interior photographs.
What makes his work unique is how he has made interiors look so absolutely vivid, as if they had a secret life of their own that only he knows how to portray. Listri has the extraordinary ability to capture all the small details that make the difference and reveal all the stories that remain hidden behind the surface. When asked about his distinctive approach, he reveals: ''It is purely a question of sensibility. The secret is in the light which highlights the details. That’s why I definitely prefer to use natural light when possible''. Listri’s photos transmit an almost deafening silence, as if time had stopped and humans had suddenly disappeared and the only thing reminiscent of them are the interiors they’ve left behind, the remains of their lives and their passions, their art and their culture. It comes of no surprise that his interiors have gained him a lot of fame and many people have honored him with their trust, giving him the privilege of photographing unique and restricted places, including among others the Vatican Museum in Rome and Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Massimo Listri comments on this:
"My photography is an expression of tranquility and silence in this chaotic society -a sense of perspective and equilibrium. This is therapy for the soul. Every time I take a photo is like the first time a treasure is revealed, a first emotion, be it an empty room or the greatest treasures of the Vatican."
Massimo Listri is an italian photographer born in 1953. He began his career at a very young age. At 17 he was collaborating with numerous magazines dedicated to Art and Architecture. During his university years he studied Arts and Letters and continued to expand his work, contributing numerous photographic services to publications devoted to Art, Architecture, and Interior Design.
In 1981 Massimo founded the internationally renowned magazine and art books FMR, with the publisher Franco Maria Ricci and Vittorio Sgarbi. For 20 years this beautiful magazine served as the major vehicle for the expression of Massimo's photographic essays of the most beautiful Palaces, Villas, Interior Design, and Architecture from all periods.
In thirty years Massimo has published more than 60 books with the most prestigious publishers in Europe and the United States.
IN ADDITION, HE HAS EXHIBITED HIS WORK AT NUMEROUS "SINGLE ARTIST" EXHIBITIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. MOST RECENTLY HIS WORK HAS BEEN PRESENTED AT THE ROYAL PALACE OF MILAN (2008), PALAZZO PITTI (FLORENCE 2009), THE CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM OF PRATO (2009), THE MORGAN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM (NEW YORK 2010), THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF TAIPEI (2012), THE ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE IN TOKYO (2012), THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART OF BOGOTA (2012), THE MUSEUM OF ITALIAN ART IN LIMA (2012), THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART OF BUENOS AIRES (2012) AND ETRO LONDON (2012), 2012 Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, 2012 Biblioteca Angelica Roma, 2013 Sotheby’s London, 2013 Galeria de arte la sala, Santiago, Chile
2013 Galeria Nacional de bellas artes, Santo Domingo, 2013 Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, 2013 Certosa di san Giacomo , Capri, 2013 Palazzo D’Accursio, Bologna, 2013 Auditorium Parco della musica, Roma, 2013 Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Mexico City, 2014 Benaki Museum, Athens, 2014 Palazzo Pamphilj , Roma, 2014 Museo de Arte de Queretaro, Mexico City, 2014 Musei San Domenico , Forli, 2014 Musei Vaticani, Roma, 2014 Galleria Antonacci, Roma, 2014 Palazzo Reale, Torino, 2014 Prospekto Galerija, Vilnius