Guido Guidi

‘I was interested in everything: the portrait of a person, of a house, of a wall—it was all a pretext for experimenting. Nothing was unimportant; everything was worthy of attention.’

born 1941 in Cesena, Italy. Lives and works in Cesena.

Guido Guidi is one of Italy’s most respected photographers, with a career spanning more than five decades. Neorealist film and conceptual art have played a significant role in shaping his unsentimental but also intensely personal vision. He has mostly focused his lens on rural and suburban geographies close to his home and occasionally wider afield in Europe.

Guidi studied architecture at the IUAV in Venice at the beginning of the sixties where he later on returned to teach for many years. His work was included in the seminal exhibition ‘Viaggio in Italia’ curated by Luigi Ghirri in 1984.

Guidi’s photographs are part of International public collections, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Bibliothèque National and Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and ICCD in Rome; Fondation A Stichting in Brussels; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Guido Guidi has produced over 30 monographs to date, including ‘In Sardegna: 1974, 2011’ (MACK) for which he was awarded the Premio Hemingway 2020 Prize for Photography.

Selected Exhibitions:
La Virreina, Barcelona, ES (solo, 2021/22). MAN (Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro), Sardinia, IT (solo, 2019). Museo Casa Giorgione, Castelfranco, Veneto, IT (solo, 2019). Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, FR (solo, 2014/15, touring). Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH (group, 2014), Venice Biennale, IT (group, 2004), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR (group, 1989), Guggenheim Museum, New York, US (group, 1994).

Aperture 251, ‘Studio Visit’, Luca Fiore, Summer 2023

The Guardian, 'Interview: Many times I'm not looking when I press the shutter', Charlotte Higgins, 5 November 2018

Financial Times Weekend, Snapshot, 'Cherries (2084) by Guido Guidi', Flora Macdonald Johnston, 6/7 October 2018

Financial Times Magazine, 'The Unseen Places', Marina Spunta, 6/7 May 2017

The Art Newspaper, 'Top ten shows of 2015', Louisa Buck, 28 December 2015