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For over 20 years, Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri’s work has focused on cities and their inhabitants. Barbieri’s photographs and his more recent films seem to exist between documentary and fiction. At first glance, the scenes we see in Olivo’s photographs and films seem to be of detailed models. They are in fact shot on 35mm film or high definition video from a helicopter that moves across and around each city. Through the manipulation of focus, by playing with the viewer’s sense of scale and distance Barbieri redefines the sense of urban space.
Extract from Olivo Barbieri, site specific_ , Bloomberg Space London.