Cipollini is a photographer living in Trieste, Italy. He's worked as a
naval engineer, as a teacher, as a dive-master, and as a publisher. At
present he works as a photographer mainly for publishing houses and a
variety of magazines. He shoots medium format and has an overall
preference for black & white photography.
Mario's SEMPLICE BELLEZA (Simple Beauty) project featured here is
dedicated to the beauty of the natural woman. Mario used
"regular" women who were not professional models, and refrained
from using anything but simple make-up. There was no image processing, no
setting, no accessories ... and no clothing. Mario wants to challenge our
conceived notions of what is beautiful, especially compared to what we're
force-fed through the fashion (and entertainment) industry - of which
Italy is a renown powerhouse. "Are there canons of beauty which go
beyond fashion? What is it that makes a woman beautiful? Is it fair to
consider models and actresses as the only ones entitled to represent
feminine beauty?" SEMPLICE BELLEZA is Mario's effort to answer these
questions and he does so with rare panache. It is a series of nudes using
"average women" as models and is utterly resplendent in it's ...
beauty. Each portrait is a simple, yet profoundly moving vision of its
subject. They may not be beautiful in the Cosmopolitan-sense but they are
ravishing nonetheless. Angels crafted by their own inner grace and the
appreciate eye of fine art photographer.