Marco Pesaresi (Rimini, 1964 – 2001). After the high school he attends the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, where he starts his career as a professional photographer. In 1990 he join the Contrasto agency and after spending many years between Milan and Rome he settles in Rimini. He travels a lot around Africa and Europa and as a photographer he concentrates mainly on the most intricate and difficult social problems in Italy and in our society: immigration, drug, marginalization and prostitution. For a long time he documents the night life in Italy and abroad depicting intimate moments and extreme situations. The engagement and the closer examination of these themes give Marco Pesaresi the opportunity to work continuously for many months on important photo-reportage. This work gives rise to Underground (published in Italy by Contrasto and in the USA by Aperture): a work that records the life in the subways of ten different city in the world. Also the project on the megastores was realized in the same way. This project, shot between Japan, USA and Russia, was aimed at documenting the new consumeristic habits of these big nations. The last work of Pesaresi is a black and white reportage about Rimini: a moving and gloomy portrait of his hometown that became a book in 2003 and an exhibition. His photos are regularly published on major international newspapers like Panorama, L’Espresso, Geo, El País, Sette, The Independent, The Observer and many more. He exhibits in Arles during the Rencontres Internationales de la Photo, in Perpignan during the Festival Visa pour l’Image in 1996 and his exhibition Underground was presented in many European cities. In 1994 he is awarded with the price Premio Linea d’Ombra.
Marco Pesaresi dies on 22 December 2001 in Rimini, the city where he has worked for a long time.
UNDERGROUND: TRAVELS ON THE GLOBAL METRO
NEW YORK, APERTURE, 1998, P. 150
UNDERGROUND: UN VIAGGIO METROPOLITANO
ROMA, CONTRASTO, 1998, P. 150