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Tony Federico "Mattina"

Tony Federico "Mattina"

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Fine Art Print
59,4 x 72,2 cm
Limited edition: 15 prints

Gallery quality print

Hahnemühle Photo Matt Fibre 200 g/qm
Printed, stamped & numbered in Berlin

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About this artwork

Shot on Polaroid i-Type 600 / 5x8
Milano / 2007

“A few hours before a Dolce&Gabbana show, very early in the morning, maybe 5 o'clock. It was too early for a drink but I was hungover from the evening before. There were only a few people on site and the big pavilions weren't really heated up yet. The catering people were just putting the coffee on and the world seemed a bit bleak to me. I was eagerly anticipating the rush and tension that would begin as soon as the makeup and wardrobe started working, when the reporters and models and designers would run through these floors. Outside it was still dark and ice-cold. The girl told me that she was freezing on the way here because she couldn't find a taxi. She told me that she was a bit overworked at the moment, she was studying engineering, I think in Lithuania. But since she was a popular model this year and could earn good money, she couldn't really take care of her studies. She could send money to her parents, but she hardly had time to visit them. She was on a plane every week, somewhere between Paris, London, New York, Copenhagen... She was tired... She told me all this and I saw her sadness on the Polaroids - but I didn't realise that she was actually describing my life too.
I was drinking and consuming more and more substances at that time, losing myself in my own reality and working more and more restlessly. That also changes you as a person, I became insensitive to my loved ones, self-centred and stressed. And at some point you're alone. And that's what happened to me. Around my 45th birthday, my world collapsed. My body too. I was addicted to drugs and burned out... But that morning I was still a few years away from that breakdown. So I took a few pictures of the aspiring, frozen engineer. We drank coffee and the backstage slowly filled up. It was the beginning of a new day in my tunnel.”


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