Ramsey Lewis, Umbria Jazz

  • Pino Ninfa
  • 2007
  • Inv. No. 65.15.04
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone
Size S
50x33cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
 
50x33cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Classic frame Mounting
 
50x33cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 

The instant in which a musician’s hands caress the piano keys, yielding to touch and waiting for someone to give them a voice, is crystallized in the trace of a human presence preparing for a new way of listening. In this black-and-white picture, imbued with tension and poetry, long sinuous hands move to the rhythm of the music that, touch after touch, produces and melodically narrates an autobiography of life, note by note.
When he was 17, Pino Ninfa left Catania to move to Milan, where he specialized in photography and began to develop national and international projects tied to show business and photo-reporting. In 1995 he won first prize in “Le stagioni del Ritratto”, a photography competition organized by Kodak. The following year Canon Italia chose him as a photographer for jazz in Italy with an exhibition at the Arengario in Milan (1996). Two years later, in 1998, the magazine Leica selected his works on music and society. His interest in music and social issues converge in the overall meaning of his photographic work. Based on documentation of recovery plans for people in difficult situations and poor areas, he derived unprecedented photography projects destined for publication and photography exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He was a photographer at the Heineken Jammin’ Festival from 1998 to 2012 and at numerous Italian jazz festivals; for Heineken Italia he followed various years of Umbria Jazz. In 2008 he participated in Padova Jazz Festival 1998–2007, showing photographs covering the ten years of this important festival at an exhibition in Palazzo Moroni. For years, for the PIM Cultural Association (poetry, image, music), of which he is president, he has been conducting multimedia projects that promote the encounter between music and photography. Ninfa has been featured several times at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale: in 2011 with the solo show Sulle Strade dell’Avventura, the following year with Storie Africane and then in 2013 with JazzGigs, a retrospective that covers twenty years of travels and experiences in the world of jazz. In 2014 the Carta Bianca gallery devoted Round About Jazz to him, his first solo exhibition in his hometown. As an author, in 2012 he published a photo book devoted to the townships of South Africa, entitled Round About Township, which inspired the eponymous solo exhibition he inaugurated at the QR Photogallery in Bologna in 2015. Ninfa lives in Milan and, alongside his work as a photographer, for many years he has held workshops and seminars on photography.