Nino Migliori is a leading name in the world of photography, celebrated for his ability to capture extraordinary images and his innovative spirit. His career spans more than seven decades, during which he helped redefine the concept of artistic photography. Through his unique vision, experimentations and passion, Migliori has left an indelible mark on the history of photographic art.

Born in 1926 in Bologna, Nino Migliori began cultivating his passion for photography during his teenage years, when he began using the camera he inherited from his father. During World War II, he documented daily life in his hometown, capturing images that testify to the impact of the war on society and the individual. His early shots show a focus on neorealist photography but with an emphasis on sequential storytelling. In addition to neorealism, Migliori also operated in the field of informal photography, where he would carry out in-depth research, leading him to experiment with various different materials and media.

The major turning point in Migliori’s career came in the 1960s, when the artist’s work took on conceptual values. In Migliori’s work, photography is not a document but a true work of art that stems from a careful study of space and the power of the image.

One of Nino Migliori’s best-known projects is L’Atlante dei segni (“The Atlas of Signs”), an extraordinary work that explores the relationship between the human body and the surrounding space. In this work, he combines photography with painting and drawing, superimposing images of human bodies onto urban objects and environments. The result is a series of photographs that challenge the traditional perception of reality and invite the viewer to reflect on the complexity of human existence.

Nino Migliori’s career has been celebrated with numerous prizes and awards, including the Nadar Prize in 1957 and the Culture Award of the Prime Minister’s Office in 2005.

Nino Migliori’s legacy in the field of artistic photography is immense. His dedication to innovation and experimentation has inspired entire generations of photographers, pushing them to explore new ways of expressing their creativity. His unique vision and commitment to art has helped break barriers and push back the boundaries of photography, transforming it into a medium increasingly acknowledged as an artform.


Gallery Exhibition

M77 Gallery presents an exhibition focusing on the experimental work conducted from the 1950s to the 1970s by Nino Migliori (born in Bologna, 1926), one of the great masters of 20th-century European photography.

Time, light and motifs” covers thirty years of Migliori’s work, highlighting the developments and many innovations that, from the start of his career, have accompanied a photographic technique based on an impassioned narrative of human sensitivity.

The exhibition takes the form of a sort of circular voyage through three “series” of works by the photographer: his earliest avant-garde experiments of the 1950s, his advanced work of the 1970s, and the depiction of 1950s Italy, when the country was in the throes of the post-war renaissance, in Emilia Romagna (portrayed by the series “people of Emilia”) and in the smallest villages of the remotest southern regions (“People of the South”).

The show will be accompanied by a publication with a text by Michele Bonuomo, and it will be open to the public from Tuesday 17 October 2017 until Saturday 27 January 2018.

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