Massimo Listri’s career has spanned 30 years and although he has experimented with many mediums, he is most famous for his interior photographs. Listri first discovered his passion for photography at the age of 16, motivated by the books and magazines that his father, a journalist and literary critic, used to receive at the family home. Having access to the latest materials, as he says, gave him the opportunity to fall in love with the world of arts and photography and since then, he has not stopped taking photos, having shown his work from London and New York to Milan, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
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, humans had suddenly disappeared, and the only thing reminiscent 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 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.
“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”.
As far as the most important influences in his work are concerned, he declares, without second thought, his love for the masters of painting Piero della Francesca and Vermeer. Listri believes that there are no secrets in photography and, in this sense, there are no specific things one must have in mind when photographing interiors.
''Proust wrote that acts of creativity do not have laws of precedence. It is an instinct, a great, obscure and incomprehensible power that can never be repeated. Each occasion, each photo is just unique''.
E X H I B IT I O N S
2007 - “Biblioteche e fisiognomica” exhibition of photos by Massimo Listri, private gallery, Rome
2007 – “Sammezzano – The Orientalist Dream of a Tuscan Eccentric” private gallery, London
2007 – “Gardens in Tuscany” a photo exhibition by Massimo Listri, Siam Pragon, Bangkok
2007 – “Prospettive” Galleria Baccarelli, Florence
2007 – “Sammezzano – un sogno orientalista” Biblioteca degli Uffizzi, Florence
2007 – “Massimo Listri” Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence
2007 – “Gardens of Tuscany” photo exhibition by Massimo Listri, the University Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong
2008 – “Massimo Listri” Palazzo Reale, Milan
2008 – “Massimo Listri” Galleria FOR, Florence
2009 – “Biblioteche” Centro Arte Contemporanea, Prato
2009 – “Musei di Firenze” Palazzo Pitti, Florence
2010 – “Great European Libraries: Photographs by Massimo Listri” the Morgan Library & Museum, New York
2011 – Participation in the Biennale Arte di Venezia
2011 - Exhibition at the Musei Vaticani
2011/2012 - Exhibition in Taiwan and the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotà
2014 - Musei Vaticani - Le collezioni dei marmi antichi nelle fotografie di Massimo Listri