Renato D’Agostin: 7439 Miles to (Re)Discover America!
Exhibition, Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris, France.
No American road-trip looms larger in our collective consciousness than that of the one that’s we ward bound. This has been both a favourite subject and a formidable challenge for most artists, from Robert Frank to Jack Kerouac. In 2015, Italian-born photographer Renato D’Agostin took-on the challenge, travelling the 7,439 miles from New York to Los Angeles on his 1983 BMW motorcycle, developing film in hotel washbasins along the way. This initial journey gave rise to a series of bright and contrasted images, overwhelming in their beauty, subtlety, and grace. D’Agostin captures visual elements and leaves his singular mark on every image.
The artist captures visual elements and leaves his singular mark on every picture. Mastering every aspect of his silver gelatin photography, Renato D’Agostin knows better than anyone how to imbue a classical black and white picture with a contemporary cut. Renato’s photographs, laden with abstraction and surrealism, are strong and powerful yet delicate.