Franco Fontana (1933, Modena) lives and works in Modena.

Franco Fontana is one of the most important protagonists of Italian photography of the post war period. He is best known for his abstract colour landscapes. He reinvented colour as an expressive means and not mere documentary, by using an unseen analysis, sometimes provocative, of the rural and urban landscape in search of new signs, structures, chromatic surfaces corresponding its creative fantasy. Fontana's photos have been used as album cover art for records produced by the ECM jazz label. He is known as the inventor of the photographic line referred to as concept of line. He began working as an amateur photographer in 1961. He has participated in more than 400 expositions - collective and personal - and his work is bought in approximately 60 museum collections all over the world (MoMa of New York, Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo, George Eastman House of Rochester, Ludwig Museum of Cologne, Museum of Modern Art of San Francisco, Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the Australian National Gallery of Melbourne, the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, GAM of Turin, Musée d'Art Moderne of Paris, Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich, the Victoria Albert Museum in London.) His work has been published in more than 40 books in various editions in Italian, Japanese, French, German, Swiss, English and Spanish. His numerous awards include the 1989 Tokyo Photographer Society of Japan and the 150 Years of Photography-Photographer Award.


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