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Some data, thoughts and achievements

Luigi Fieni has photographed landscapes, culture, and the artistic cultural heritage of the Himalaya for nearly two decades, while working as a conservator of Tibetan art, for a project funded by The American Himalayan Foundation.

As his background is mostly painting, his work is constantly trying to merge photography with painting, experimenting on movement, blur and emotions, trying to produce photographs that are as pictorial as possible.

Fieni never had a proper mentor but the books of his favorite photographers. Toscani’s subversity, Koudelka’s intensity, Salgado’s emotions, Fontana’s abstractionism and Ansel Adams’ technique. The art of Schiele, Munch, Klimt and the whole impressionism movement were a strong source of influence as well.

His photographs are featured in ‘Himalaya: personal stories of grandeur, challenge and hope’ (National Geographic, 2006), ‘Wonders of Lo: The artistic Heritage of Mustang’ (Marg, 2009) and in The Photo Paper Journal (B&W Collection 1 and 3, Color Collection 1 and 3).

Exhibitions have been held in America, Europe and Asia, and his work is part of private collections worldwide, counting prominent venues such as The Manggha Museum (Krakow, Poland), The Taragaon Museum (Kathmandu, Nepal) and The Contemporary Art Collection of The Vatican Museums (Vatican City).

Several of his photographs have been nominated in international photography contests, including the selection for the Prize Voies Off 2013, the Black and White Spider Awards, a Honorable Mention in the 7th Photography Masters Cup, a Bronze and 2 Silvers in the One EyeLand Photography Awards 2013-2014, a Second Place and a Honorable Mention in the Photo Annual Awards 2014-2015, 2 Honorable Mentions at the International Photography awards 2014, a Honorable mention at the Monochrome Awards 2015, a Honorable Mention at the International Photography awards 2016, 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Epson International Pano Awards 2016.

As a photographer, Fieni has collaborated with The National Geographic Society, The North Face, The Getty Images, The Mill Valley Film Group, Skydoor Productions, The American Himalayan Foundation, The Kham Aid Foundation, HPRC, Orticolario and Bauer Media.

Born in Italy in 1973, Luigi Fieni studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", and then conservation of mural paintings at the "Ars Labor Conservation Institute" in Rome. He started his career as an art conservator in 1999, assisting in a prestigious conservation project in the Himalaya. He then became the lead conservator and worked mainly in Nepal, Bhutan, and China, restoring ancient Buddhist art and training local people to preserve their own cultural heritage.

His work as a conservator of Tibetan art and his projects appeared in many major newspapers and magazines worldwide, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The National Geographic Magazine, and Geo Magazine.

He also appeared in several documentaries including Mustang: Journey of Transformation (Mill Valley Film Group, 2008), Lost Caves Temples (National Geographic, 2009), Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves (National Geographic, 2009), Les Chemins du Silence (RTS Switzerland, 2012), Mustang - Das Tor Zum Himmel im Himalaya (3Sat Germany, 2013), Mustang: Le Royaume Des Peintres Paysans (France 5, 2015).

Currently he is represented by The Art of Wild Gallery (Hohenfels, Germany), PhotoEye Gallery (Santa Fe, USA), HyPHen Gallery (Bucharest, Romania), Streaming Art (The Hague, The Netherlands) and Pandora Art Gallery (Bangkok, Thailand). He works as a photographer, for Getty Images and The American Himalayan Foundation, he lives in Nepal and he devotes his time to photography and to the preservation of the Tibetan culture.

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ABOUT MY WORK
As my background was mostly drawing and painting, my work is constantly trying to merge photography with painting, trying to produce photographs that are as pictorial as possible. It is not just my personal view of things but an attempt to show what is beyond a photograph.

Emotions are what I mostly try to capture, to show through my lenses, and that is also true when the work involves a visual narrative. Even while working in photojournalism, rather than capturing or depicting an event, the photograph becomes a way to show the emotions of a precise moment. In the end I prefer to show feelings to people, trying to let them relish the atmosphere, not just show them what I saw or what was happening.

Mesmerized by the sound of shutter I am granted sorcery…
THOUGHTS
Some years back, during a portfolio review in Wien, I was discussing two of my works with a renowned Polish photographer. The portfolios were "Soul Steps", which is a landscape project, and "The Bonds of Earthly Desires", which is a work focused on dances.

She was so bemused by such different approaches and styles that she told me something I had never thought before about my photography. If she saw those two portfolios without knowing who were the authors she would have said they were the work of two different photographers.

She was actually right. My reply was probably unpredicted but quite natural, at least for me. I have spent more than 18 years with a split life, half of the time on the peacefulness of the Himalaya and the other half living in the chaos of the civilized world. Half of the year in a kind of isolation with the lack of almost anything and the other half in a world where the excess of resources and facilities are considered crucial for a kind of well living.

I thought that it would be a spontaneous consequence for me to show those different sides of my life through my photography.

Chaos and stillness. I show both. I am both.
BLURRED
The process of creating movement and blurring in my photography comes exclusively from the camera and using a slow shutter speed. All photos come out from one single shot without using the multiple exposure technique. In this way, I rotate, zoom, pan, shake the camera, follow the subject or his/her body parts while pressing the camera shutter.

Additionally, I combine those movements together to enhance the blur results, like rotate and zoom, rotate and pan, zoom and pan, etc. The main challenge is to keep always something in focus in the shot so as to retain some contact with reality, yet to create photos that look like paintings. But there are times you don't want anything in focus.

The Photoshop manipulation is intended only for increasing the results of the blurry images, thus working merely on tonal contrast and clarity and, at times, adding some bleach bypass to further enhance the images. Nonetheless, the blurring and the movement is all created in-camera, that is, while taking the photographs.
SURREAL
Nature is misleading.
Reality is an interpretation of repeated phenomenons leading us to think how is the truth and what it should look like. At times, though, there are situations that show us reality in a way we didn't imagine, in a way we did not know. At times there are weather conditions upsetting the logical idea we have of nature. The way we were accustomed to see what is around us fades away, leaving space to a new reality, an altered perception. But. Is it really altered?

Nature is deceiving.
The beauty of nature lies in its continuous transformation. Never the same, never changing, yet different. The four elements playing together to shape reality instant by instant.

Achievements

My work around the globe

Exhibitions

Solo & Group Shows
SOLO

2016 - The Holy and The Sacred @ Pandora Events, Bangkok, Thailand
2014 - A Journey Through Body, Soul and Heart @ Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2014 - Space and Impermanence @ Manggha Museum, Krakow, Poland
2013 - Dancing With The Gods @ EatMe - H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2010 - The Colours of Silence @ Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2010 - Nepal: The Colour of Silence @ ProArt Project Gallery, Sperlonga, Italy
2008 - Images from Mustang @ Akor Partners and Raffeisen Bank, itinerant exhibition, Italy
2006 - Photograph the Himalaya @ Associazione Novecento, City Hall of Rome, Italy
2005 - Like a diary on the Himalaya @ Palazzo Caetani, Cisterna di Latina, Italy
2004 - People of Lo @ Aspasia Gallery, Latina, Italy

GROUP

2017 - RED @ SE Center for Photography, Greenville, USA
2017 - Capture the Moment @ Galleri Norrsken, Stockholm, Sweden
2017 - Camera Work: Dynamic Landscape @ BlackBox Gallery, Portland, USA
2016 - Flower Power @ 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2016 - Landscapes @ Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece
2015 - International Photo Project - Milano Round @ Spazio Soderini, Milan, Italy
2015 - The Yak Attitude @ DSArts VIVA Gallery, London, UK
2015 - The Yak Attitude @ Underdog Art Gallery, London, UK
2015 - PAA Winners Exhibition @ Wall Gallery, Teplice, Czech Republic
2014 - SCOPE Art Fair @ SCOPE Pavillion, Miami Beach, USA
2014 - PAA Winners Exhibition @ Wall Gallery, Teplice, Czech Republic
2014 - Year in Review 2013 @ See.Me Exhibition Space, New York, USA
2013 - SCOPE Art Fair @ SCOPE Pavillion, Miami Beach, USA
2013 - Japan Meets Italy @ Crossroad Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013 - The Story of The Creative @ See|Me Exhibition Space, New York, USA
2013 - Rester Partir, Le Voyage Impossible @ Voies Off Festival, Arles, France
2013 - Mustang: A Spiritual Odyssey @ Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011 - The Splendor of Truth, The Beauty of Charity @ The Holy See, Vatican City
2011 - Londr’ArtExhibition @ Acquire Gallery, London, UK

Media

Paper & Television
Publications
Documentaries
Mustang: Le Royaume Des Peintres Paysans
Via Découvertes - France
2015
Les Chemins du Silence
RTS - Switzerland
2012
Les Chemins du Vent
RTS - Switzerland
2012
Secrets of Shangri-la: Quest for Sacred Caves
National Geographic - USA
2009
Lost Caves Temples of the Himalaya
National Geographic - USA
2009
Mustang: Journey of Transformation
Mill Valley Film Group
2008
Lost Treasures of Tibet
NOVA film - USA
2003

Awards

International recognitions
Titles

2016 - Epson Int'l Pano Awards | 2 Gold Medals in Open Nature
2016 - Epson Int'l Pano Awards | 2 Silver Medals in Open Nature
2016 - Epson Int'l Pano Awards | 1 Bronze Medal in Open Nature
2016 - Monochrome Awards | 2 Honorable mentions in Portrait
2016 - Monochrome Awards | 3 Honorable mentions in Landscapes
2016 - IPA | Honorable Mention in Fine Art
2016 - ND Awards | Honorable Mention in Nature: Landscapes
2015 - Monochrome Awards | Honorable mention in Landscapes
2015 - Photo Annual Awards | Honorable Mention in Oceans
2014 - IPA | Honorable Mention in Fine Art & Nature
2014 - One EyeLand | Silver in Fine Art
2014 - One EyeLand | Silver in Nature
2014 - Photo Annual Awards | 2nd place in Oceans Series
2013 - One EyeLand | Bronze in Nature
2013 - Voies Off | Selection Prix Voies Off
2013 - Photography Masters Cup | Honorable Mention in Nature
2012 - Wien Int'l Portfolio Review | Special mention by Fotografia Magazine

Nominations

2017 - International Color Awards | Finalist Nominee with 4 photos
2016 - One EyeLand | Finalist with 5 photos in Nature & Fine Art
2016 - The B&W Spider Awards | Finalist Nominee with 2 photos
2016 - International Color Awards | Finalist Nominee with 2 photos
2015 - International Color Awards | Finalist Nominee with 1 photo
2014 - The B&W Spider Awards | Finalist Nominee with 1 photo
2014 - Photography Masters Cup | Finalist Nominee with 2 photos
2013 - The B&W Spider Awards | Finalist Nominee with 2 photos
2013 - Photography Masters Cup | Finalist Nominee with 2 photos
2012 - The B&W Spider Awards | Finalist Nominee with 3 photos
2012 - Photography Masters Cup | Finalist Nominee with 4 photos
2011 - The B&W Spider Awards | Finalist Nominee with 1 photo
2010 - The B&W Spider Awards | Finalist Nominee with 1 photo