elephant black and white photography, shallow depth of field, high contrast, by Francesco Merlini

Scrapbook A photography project by Francesco Merlini

In Scrapbook, Francesco Merlini introduces us to a world of harsh and disturbing reality. A reality made of ordinary and mysterious situations, confronting us to cityscapes, black and white pictures of people and desolate natural environment. With the same provocative aesthetic and visceral strengh Merlini explore the themes of sexuality, death and the moral decay of society.

“For me, taking pictures has always been a way to collect visual notes about reality and particularly about my perception of that. Reality and photographer’s emotional and visual fund mould together in order to create a personal interpretation, according to my belief that photography’s capacity lies in its evocative power more than its narrative factor. My works have focused on different aspects and stories but I’ve always accomplished them as diaries imbued with a fascination that has made me focus mainly on the themes of death, sexuality and formal and moral decay in our society.” – Francesco Merlini

Monthly Photo Contest

color photograph a man on the Yamuna river in india is rowing a boat surrounded by birds
© Saurabh Narang

2021 Street Photography AWARD Deadline: 30 September 2021

"It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important." - Bruce Davidson

Extended Deadline: One of the most exciting and influential forms of photography, in September we are on the lookout for the best images capturing the pulse of the street.

From candid and unexpected situations to meticulous geometric scenes within the urban sphere, at home or abroad: we want to discover how YOU see the streets!⁠


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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