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spotlight magazine Feb 2021 travel & documentary photography
Zurich native Alberto Venzago virtuously oscillates with his camera between reportage and advertising, between documentation and staging. With photo essays, he casts a critical eye on world events and tells moving stories: from Zurich's Platzspitz to Benin's voodoo cult to child prostitution in Manila.
As a concerned photographer, Venzago does not shy away from any scene - neither the organised crime of the Yakuza in Japan, nor the long-standing revolution in Iran. His well-composed and constructed imagery, which serves as advertising campaigns for international brands or dazzlingly showcases world-famous stars, forms the antithesis to his reportage.
Venzago's first museum exhibition ever is an opulent retrospective of the photographer and filmmaker's work, Museum FUER GESTALTUNG ZUERICH opening July 2021.
spotlight magazine Nov 2020 awards 2020
Title: Enfant Terrible
"I used to believe that a picture could change the world, it was my job to show it as brutally and realistically as possible. The closer to the action - the better.
I was with those in power and with the oppressed," says 1985 Robert Capa Award winner Alberto Venzago.
LIFE, STERN and Sunday Times Magazine printed the stories about the Japanese mafia, child prostitution and voodoo in West Africa of the Magnum Nominee.
After 40 years of photojournalism it was time to write a new chapter. The loner has become an artist duo. With Julia Fokina two like-minded people have found each other, they work under the common name "ONE".
"We combine photojournalism and fine arts, interpret events in a new, emotional and often provocative way."
"There must be much more that life can offer." says Julia. The search began in the late 80s in the Soviet Union in the Moscow underground scene of theatre and music.
As the first punk model she shocked the fashion world. It is a long journey, inside and outside. The driving force is desire and adventure. "I am now where I always wanted to be. I am not only in front of the camera, but together we create these worlds of images. The ideas are often based on my life stories, or appear from the subconscious."
The artist couple Fokina-Venzago become symbiotic lovers connected to the darkness by fascination, they know no boundaries.
After seven years of working together around the world, a 45 kilo sumo art book has been created in a limited edition of 10. "ONE-seduced by the darkness“.
The winner picture "Enfant Terrible" was taken for this book.