In the past ten years I have been methodically photographing the remains of Rome's archaeological past located within the Aurelian city walls. My goal, beyond satisfying a personal impulse to document what these remains look like when bathed by the first rays of sunlight, is to depict them as landmarks in the contemporary urban landscape.
The ancient town of Paestum is located in the fertile valley of the Sele river, at a short distance from the Campanian seashore. Only a portion of the city within the ancient fortification walls has been excavated; most of the surrounding area remain unexplored because located in privately-owned land.
These photographs are part of a larger on-going project on the Via Flaminia, the ancient road that connected Rome to Ariminum (modern day Rimini). Constructed in around 220 BC by the consul C. Flaminius, the Via Flaminia ran through modern-day Lazio, Umbria, Marche and Emilia Romagna.
Sculptors of Roman Aphrodisias
The ancient city of Aphrodisias in Asia Minor was one of the most active production centres of marble sculpture in the Roman Empire. Since the first large-scale investigation of 1961, archaeologists have been systematically unearthing impressive works of art (from statuary in the round to monumental reliefs), testimony of the continuous activity of Aphrodisian craftsmen, from the I century BC until the beginning of the VI century AD.
Fatehpur Sikri is a magnificent city of the Mughal period (end of the 16th century), located in Northern India. Abandoned shortly after completion, it is renowned for its grandiose architecture built almost entirely in local red sandstone.
Venice is the name of a recent housing and commercial development on the coast of Qatar, a few kilometres north of the capital Doha. Although this compound has canals, bridges and plenty of buildings decorated in pastel colours to imitate the Italian city, the little evidence of human presence gives to this place a more surreal atmosphere.
In 2006 I visited the construction site for the high-speed train network in central Italy to document the progress of a very controversial project.