Roberto Polillo (Milan, Italy - )


About

Born in Milan in 1946, Roberto lives between his native city, Rome and Miami. In the 1960s he photographed over a hundred jazz concerts, building up a complete gallery of portraits of the most important jazz musicians of the period. These images have been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions, and used for magazines, books, CD sleeves, and have been collected in his photographic book "Swing, Bop & Free" (2006), which presents over 100 portraits of jazz icons of the 1960s. A permanent exhibition of his jazz images is on display at the Academy of Jazz in Siena.
In the early 1970s, Roberto decided to hang up his camera and embark on a completely different career, as both an entrepreneur in the computer software business and a university professor.
From the early 2000’s he took up his camera again, exploring new different languages for travel art photography. Roberto’s primary objective is now to capture the genius loci of cities and countries. He goes in search of the souls of the cities of the world with his camera. And so was born "Impressions of the World", an artistic adventure that began more than a decade ago and led him to more than 25 Countries, from Italy, Middle and Far East and to Central and North America. In his quest around the world, Roberto encounters cities of yesterday and cities of tomorrow. He investigates their different souls and relationships with their inhabitants, and exposes them in his particular artistic language. Roberto's book "Visions of Venice" (Skira, 2016) and "Future & The City" (Fiameni, 2017) are a first documentation of this work.

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Work Selection

Roberto Polillo - Beat of New York

Beat of New York

Roberto Polillo - John Coltrane (Milano, 1962)

John Coltrane (Milano, 1962)

Roberto Polillo - Louis Armstrong (Juan-les-Pins, 1967)

Louis Armstrong (Juan-les-Pins, 1967)

Roberto Polillo - Thelonious Monk & his wife Nellie (Milano, 1964)

Thelonious Monk & his wife Nellie (Milano, 1964)

Roberto Polillo - Beat of New York

Beat of New York

Roberto Polillo - Beat of New York

Beat of New York

Roberto Polillo - Beat of Havana

Beat of Havana

Roberto Polillo - Beat of Havana

Beat of Havana

Roberto Polillo - Beat of Havana

Beat of Havana