Mobile flower vendors with their tiny portable stands, along with the views of Mount Fuji, are among the large format photos of Linda Fregni Nagler - their subjects aware of being watched, in the photographer’s studio, in front of a neutral background, holding their poses, proud and powerful. These are typical subjects found in the Yokohama School which evolved in Japan during the second half of the 1800s along with the opening of the border and the modernisation of the country and to which the artist has dedicated years of research. The idea of exhibiting this series dedicated to Japanese photography for the first time in Milan, where Nagler, born in Stockholm, lives, was born out of a proposal by curator Vincenzo De Bellis to shed light on new Italian talent. Hana to Yama offers a new look at a photographic style that united the Western technique of albumin printing with the masterful tradition of local painters. Fregni Nagler, a huge collector of historic photographs and fascinated by the peculiarity of this school has, for a number of years, carried out research on the subjects of this photographic genre with the aim of giving new life to a world on the brink of extinction. But also to draw attention to the artistic merit of these works, whose authors are difficult to identify. Re-photographing the originals she possesses, the artist prints them in a darkroom on cotton paper and then colours them by hand, after a lengthy process of research to identify materials and pigmentations, carrying out a sort of assembly-line of detailed work similar to those original Japanese photo studios.
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