FARANG

There is a moment when the subjects who monopolize my eyes reside in a network of detached glow. Strangers, unpublished views, sudden circumstances. Victims of an encounter undressing them, reveal myself mirrored on their surface. Reality is mistreated, structures dissolve while perception manifests itself in this fertile place. The stranger is no longer unknown.

Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #02 | CHANGE

Francesco Merlini "Farang"

BIO

FRANCESCO MERLINI
(Aosta, IT, 1986)

After a bachelor’s degree in industrial design at the Politecnico University of Milan, he completely devoted himself to photography. After covering Italian news, he now works mainly on personal long-term projects, reportages and editorials.
In 2012, Francesco was published in the book “Mono vol. One” alongside renowned photographers such as Daido Moryiama, Anders Petersen and Antoine D’agata. In 2016 he was selected by the British Journal of Photography in order to be part of “The Talent Issue: Ones to Watch”. In 2020 Francesco was nominated for the “Prix HSBC pour la Photographie”.

His pictures have been published on national and international magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, Financial Times, Le Monde, L’Espresso, Internazionale, Corriere della Sera, D La Repubblica, Sette, Wired, Gq, Die Welt, La Stampa, Rolling Stone and his projects have been exhibited worldwide in collective and solo exhibitions. Francesco’s first book “The Flood”, published by Void, will be launched in 2021.

In parallel with his photographic career, in the last five years Francesco has coordinated the international documentary agency Prospekt, taking on the role of photo editor, sales manager and curator, working closely with some of the most awarded contemporary reportage photographers and with the most important magazine from around the world.

He’s based in Milan.


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