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Frank Dituri

Frank Dituri, an American son of Italian immigrants, divides his time between Italy and New York. He is a photographer who likes to transform the obvious into images that border on uncertainty and mystery. He was on the faculty at Long Island University, C.W. Post and is currently reaching at Libera Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. 

Dituri’s work has been continuously exhibited worldwide in many significant museums and galleries including: the Venice Biennale (Galleria Internazionale di Grafica); Moscow MOMA; the Hudson River Museum, New York;Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Galerie Seine 51, Paris; Sirius Aidem Photo Gallery, Tokyo; Centre of Contemporary Art, New Zealand; and with LTA Guggenheim Museum in New York. He has shown in numerous university galleries: NYU, East Galleries, New York; Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China; Universitá di Roma (La Sapienza), Rome; Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas and Academie Des Beaux Arts De Tamines, Belgium.

Frank Dituri’s photos can be found in notable collections, including the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow; La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; National Museum of Photography, Brescia, Italy; The Hudson River Museum, New York; and Das Stâdttische Kramer-Museum, Kempen, Germany. There are numerous books, monographs and catalogues of his work, most recently Aga pí fres-cia (2017); Fata (2015); Pray (2013); Of Things Not Seen (2012) and To Whisper (2010). His work has also been well-reviewed in many prestigious international publications, including the New York Times, Harpers Magazine, Zoom Magazine, Nippon Camera and the Corriere Della Sera. 

In the 1960’s Dituri started taking pictures in the streets of New York. By the 80’s he began seeing human figures as visual “bookmarks” formally defining his vision. Often buried childhood experiences began resurfacing in many of his images and his work became increasingly concerned with spirituality and nature. Though a photographer, the artworks of painters like Giorgio De Chirico, Piero della Francesca and Edward Hopper have greatly informed Dituri’s vision, especially through the strength of their perspective, staging, and mystery. Another early influence was Japanese-American poet, Soichi Furuta, who inspired him to use the word as a point of departure. 

“For me, photography is much more than a visual documentation; it is a personal journey, where dreams transcend reality, and material facts and the ethereal often merge.”

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