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Oliviero Toscani Photos

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    Seminarians – 1962

    This photo is part of a reportage on the clergy-mafia relationship that Oliviero Toscani took for the weekly l'Europeo, during the school period at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich.
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    The Pointer Sisters – 1975

    It was the year of The Pointer Sisters' third album, shortly before Bonnie's departure for a solo career. They weren't known at all at the time, but Oliviero Toscani saw in them the multi-ethnic force with which American music would revolutionize the world.
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    Man Ray – 1976

    The creative par excellence, Man Ray, photographed by Oliviero Toscani in his Parisian studio in Place Saint-Sulpice. This is one of the last known photographs of Man Ray, who died shortly after.
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    Newborn – 1991

    A newborn: Oliviero Toscani is perhaps the most “censored” among photographers. He said he wanted to show a pure moment, like the birth, to see if authorities would be able to censor it again. Of course it happened and the poster provoked reactions of blame and disapproval.
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    Handcuffs – 1989

    Speaking of conventions, our prejudice will lead us to wonder, without being able to know, who is the criminal and who is the policeman to whom those two hands handcuffed together belong. This photograph was used for a United Colors of Benetton campaign.
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  • Famiglia reale 2015 Oliviero Toscani
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    Royal Family – 2015

    For the Roleski brand Oliviero Toscani crosses boundaries and founds the Free Royal Republic of Roleski, which has no laws, but has its own anthem that speaks of democracy, love and freedom. Here we can see a member of the "royal family", very far from the concept of nobility that comes to our mind at first.
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    New York – 1964

    This photo, taken by Oliviero Toscani in the New York subway while he was still a student, is part of a reportage on New York, published by the weekly l'Europeo, and accompanied by a text written by John Steinbeck.
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  • Bacio 2005 foto di Olivieto Toscani
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    Kiss – 2005

    Oliviero Toscani recreates a fairy tale, with a modern princess kissing a toad. Will the prince arrive?
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    Glass – 2005

    These polychrome glass feathers from the Murano Pauly art glassworks become an abstraction of colors and shapes.
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    Eyes – 1994

    At the beginning of the 1990s, Oliviero Toscani created Fabrica, a communication research centre, and once again, with a view to exalting differences, he chose as his symbol the face of an African with two different eyes. That photograph struck David Bowie so much that he decided to write a song about it, Black Tie, White Noise.
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    Hand with rice – 1996

    Observing this hand with few grains of rice we wonder: is it offering? Is it simply showing? Is it asking for help? The distinctive feature of Oliviero Toscani's photos is that they get rid of any morality. The photo must be watched in silence and unlike a video, it force us to build our own very personal plot. This makes photography the most powerful means of expression.
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  • San Francesco 2019 Oliviero Toscani
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    Saint Francis – 2019

    A group of young people without veils. A hymn against civil wars, against mafias and urban violence of identity, against fierce ethnic conflicts, against wars of fault and religion, against terrorism and against all resurgent racisms. Naked as Saint Francis.
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    Lou Reed – 1974

    Oliviero Toscani hangs out the most avant-garde clubs in New York, including Max's Kansas City, historic meeting point for musicians, poets and artists between the sixties and seventies. Here he meets Lou Reed, and takes a series of portraits of him. Later they will be used by RCA for the cover of the Lou Reed Live album.
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    We are different – 2010

    The exaltation of differences in twins for the French magazine WAD.
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    Le Bambole 2007

    More than 30 years later, Oliviero Toscani reinterprets the Le Bambole image, for its re-edition. And the symbol of femininity has also changed from 1973 to that of the 21st century.
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    Youth – 2004

    This image, published in Another Man Magazine, offers us a glimpse of modernity, showing the freshness and power of a youth that is redesigning the world through other canons.
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    New York – 2002

    One year after September 11, the newspaper Max asks Oliviero Toscani for his interpretation of New York. This photograph is part of the reportage.
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    Horses – 1996

    Among the great photographers there is a widespread custom of using huge sets, like Hollywood locations with very expensive productions. Oliviero Toscani thinks otherwise: these two horses come from his own rearing and the chromatic component has been taken to create another joyful Benetton campaign. Years later Toscani told that he was worried for days about the difficulty of making that photo: the first shot, instead, turned out to be the right one.
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    Fish – 2014

    This fish is one of the many products of a chain of supermarkets for which Oliviero Toscani was in charge of communication: a series of images that transformed the perception of a supermarket into a sort of “wunderkammern” of food rather than a commercial exercise.
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  • Mazzo di fiori 1990 Foto Oliviero Toscani
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    Bouquet of flowers – 1990

    Offering a bouquet of flowers is the simplest and purest gesture to communicate with another person.
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    Model with flowers – 2015

    Since his debut in the world of fashion, Oliviero Toscani's models are cheerful, carefree, running and jumping expressing joy and happiness. This photo is for an Elle Italy feature dedicated to luxury.
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    Lady with hat – 1973

    Donna Jordan in a photograph for Vogue, where Oliviero Toscani ironically quotes the cliché of the fashion images of the past, where the models were distant, untouchable and reserved for the powerful sheikhs.
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    Indian child – 1996

    This image is part of a series of photographs taken in India for a United Colors of Benetton catalog. The child's eyes and cheerfulness struck Oliviero Toscani, and this portrait is one of his favorite photos.
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    New York – 1963

    In 1963 Oliviero Toscani, still a student, went to New York for the first time, invited by Pan Am for which he won a photo contest. He is captured by the cultural ferment and liveliness of the city, where he will spend a long period of his professional life. This photo is part of a reportage on New York, published by the weekly l'Europeo, and accompanied by a text written by John Steinbeck.
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