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8th February 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The Tower on Saturday afternoon.
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The large triple-height entrance lobby, towards Gioia Street.
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Overseeing the construction site, "Wow!".
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. My name is Massimiliano, I come from Gallarate, province of Varese.
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Overseeing the construction site, "We are on 22nd floor, precisely here".
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Remembering Iwo Jima 23rd February 1945.
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Overseeing the construction site, "Definitely dig the view up here".
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Overseeing the construction site, "It's a very flattering photo, don't you think?".
30th January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Overseeing the construction site, "Ok, this should be the entrance".

MAKING PHOTOGRAPHS TO PERFECTION.

by Nicola Di Battista

I have known Donato Di Bello for many years and I consider him one of the most important Italian photographers of his generation. I am an architect and I certainly would not presume to go into his very profession, or better to say in his art, seen as discipline of photography, but given the work presented here I will try to give an architect's point of view and briefly substantiate the many qualities I recognize in it. The photographs are certainly the result of an enlightened client who has asked to record and describe each phase of a construction site, that is a rare thing we must greet with great interest, considering the public relevance played by every new urban construction site in citizen's lives. A construction is always and in any case an excellent collective act, even when it comes to private buildings, because a public or private construction changes the space, especially the living space of all of us. From this point of view, someone would dare to say that every new construction, or even every urban redevelopment or regeneration should necessarily end with a photographic documentation telling a story; an obligation which has to be included in the tender specification...

22nd January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Panoramic view toward south by south-west. Porta Nuova Gioia, Biblioteca degli Alberi Park, Unicredit Tower, Bosco Verticale.
22 January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Panoramic view westward. Porta Nuova Gioia, Biblioteca degli Alberi Park, Unicredit Tower, Bosco Verticale Regione Lombardia Headquarter.
22nd January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Panoramic view northward. Prealpi mountains, Milano Centrale railway station, Pirelli building.
22nd January 2020. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Panoramic view eastward. Milano Centrale railway station, Pirelli building.
14th December 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Tower by night.
9th October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Eighth floor.
9th October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Fifth floor views of the BAM-Biblioteca degli alberi - Library of the trees.
9th October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Curtain wall. High-performance triple-glazed glass envelope.
9 October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The man and the brick cutting saw.
9th October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The large triple-height entrance lobby, towards Gioia Street.
9th October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Father and son.
9th October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Conceptual Art No. 5.
2nd October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The Tower is growing.
2nd October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. From the Gioia street.
2nd October 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Sunset landscape from BAM-Biblioteca degli alberi - Library of the trees.
1st July 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Alessandro, reincarnation of Plutarch.
1st July 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. I'm Altin, the guy with the chains.
1st July 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. My name is Daniele and I'm "milanese".

...So, we would gradually have a sort of encyclopedic collection of what mankind builds to inhabit this land. As far as the photographs shown here are concerned, I would like to recall how Donato's professional interest have always ranged in various fields over the years, from the cinema - his original passion - to photography of objects and, later, to the architectural photography. It is precisely in this last context that, in my opinion, he has given us his masterpieces. I remember that since his first architectural photos I saw a long time ago, the author managed to give them a kind of tectonicity, supported by a great professional ability of making them simply right, precise and definitive...

12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The Next Generation Tower is born.
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The wall, the podium, the high rise core.
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The Yellow Pencils.
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The underground park.
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. "It is well, now sujétele".
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. "I don't remember where I parked my car".

...Those photos can naturally reproduce the physicality carried by architecture, a physicality represented as an obvious and clear fact. Thanks to his ability to fully catch the true meaning of a building, those photos have immediately conquered many architects becoming a reference and making Donato the favorite photographer of many of them, myself included. Now, his latest works add two new extraordinary elements to his innate ability to make architectural photographs, that is a skill he has always had: the human being at work, and other various figures that follow one another in each phase of a construction site in comparison to a finished one. Great and momentary figures - being aware of how to look at them - do not last long because they overlap, change and hide together with the advancing of the work itself, until they disappear completely in the final phase of the construction site, after having delivered the construction to the client or to everyone else who is going to live there. These two elements, that are so far and yet so close and important - being a construction no less than a collective act - realize little by little an object of work where men and materials of construction - wisely manipulated by his photographic art - are able to transmit there the most authentic value of a constructive act...

12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The yellow monolith.
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The high rise core.
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The low rise core.
12th June 2019. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The right proportion.
21st November 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The next generation Tower's foundations.
21st November 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Reminding Alberto Burri.
21st November 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. North North-West view framing Regione Lombardia building.
21st November 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Conceptual Art No. 4.
21st November 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Men and woman at work.
21st November 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Conceptual Art No. 3.
4th October 2018. Checking the progress.
4th October 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. "Hey guys, it'll be a masterpiece, isn't it?".
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The demolition is finished.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. High Noon.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Modern Totem.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. "All right, you take the top and I'll push".
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. My name is Ka.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. I come from Sibiu, Romania.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Distinguishing marks: disruptive.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. "Ehi, You talkin' to me?"
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. I come from Tropea, Calabria. This is my tool and I make deeply holes in the ground.

...The subject of the photography does not matter, whether it could be an engineer, a site manager or even a worker; their figures remind us that buildings always combine together the most sophisticated minds and technologies, with the ability and the know-how of a craftsman. Now, those are the figures that Donato manages to transform into expressive forms, proud to participate in the construction of each building, as everyone of them always loves to say: "I am there". From there it will come a building site with its magic, its wonders, its viscera, its decks, its dust, its temporary structures and its endless epiphany of colours and matter. Here they exist in unison, human beings and motionless materials become one, being able to touch us and giving back the most profound sense of the art of building, the building to perfection, the building to "live". In this case , the photo is no longer just a simple documentation but it becomes interpretation and, sometimes, art.

Thank you Donato for your work.

6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Conceptual Art No. 1.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. North-West view framing Unicredit Tower, Regione Lombardia building.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Conceptual Art No. 2 and Twins.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Truck mixer and holes.
6th July 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The driver.
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova.
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The demolition of the desk building.
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The demolition is continuing.
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. It's all ok.
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The demolition is continuing.
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The concrete crusher is eating the roof.
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. The "elevator boy".
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Cosimo, the "tower crane driver".
22nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. "Take the stairs!".
2nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Snow in March.
2nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. Snow in March.
2nd March 2018. GIOIA 22 – Porta Nuova: the site and the snow.
13th January 2018. The "Second Tree of Life".
13th January 2018. GIOIA 22 – Porta Nuova: the site at the sunset.
13th January 2018. GIOIA 22 – Porta Nuova: the site at the sunset.
19th December 2017. GIOIA 22 - Porta Nuova. View from Melchiorre Gioia street.
19th December 2017. The "Tree of Life".
19th December 2017. GIOIA 22 – Porta Nuova, the false fisheye.
19th December 2017. Porta Nuova East view.
19th December 2017. GIOIA 22 – Porta Nuova: the site.
19th December 2017. Porta Nuova North-West view framing Unicredit Tower, Bosco Verticale, Regione Lombardia building.
27th November 2017. Porta Nuova Sunset.
27th November 2017. Evening Porta Nuova Gioia view including Biblioteca degli Alberi Park, Unicredit Tower, Bosco Verticale.