My Days in New York
Text by W.M. Hunt
200 × 280 mm
As the son of an Italian father and an American mother, Martino Marangoni (1950, ITA) sailed to New York for the first time in the summer of 1959, to visit his American grandparents. He was nine years old, brought his first camera, a Kodak Brownie, and photographed the impressive skyscrapers.
His fascination with the city and his ties with friends and family brought him back to New York almost every year. From 1972 to 1975 he studied photography at the Pratt Institute and became acquainted with the work of Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander, among many other New York based street photographers. It is there where he developed his subjects of interest and his photographic style.
Marangoni was not only there when the Twin Towers were being built, but he also happened to be there when they collapsed in 2001. Since that day he has returned to visit Ground Zero regularly, documenting the rebuilding of the area and the changing neighbourhood. Witnessing the 9/11 attacks drew hem back to his archive.
Rebuilding – My Days in New York is a collection of images from Marangoni’s archive, covering a period of 60 years. An intriguing testimonial of the fast changing city and street life in the past six decades. Marangoni avoids nostalgia or dwelling on the past. Supplemented with anecdotes and personal notes, he provides a reflection of the development of photography in relation to the city, and his personal experiences herein. Rebuilding – My Days in New York recalls a photographer‘s search for his subject and unique expression.
About the Artist
Martino Marangoni was born in Florence in 1950, where he currently lives. As the son of an Italian father and American mother he grew up bilingual and is of dual nationality.
Having completed his lower education in Florence he moved to New York in 1972 where he attended Pratt Institute until 1975, studying photography. On his return to Italy he taught photography at the ‘Studio Arts Center International’ to students studying at American Universities. Visiting the USA and especially New York every year he has maintained his close ties with America and in 1988 was ‘visiting professor’ at the Cooper Union.
Studio Marangoni Foundation (FSM) was founded in 1991 with intention of promoting the Art of Photography. It is non-profit organisation which provides high quality and varied education programs for national and international students. As its president Martino Marangoni plays a fundamental role as teacher and mentor. He also organises exhibitions, workshops and events for the School and its gallery and often assists in the organisation of other external events in Florence.
Since 1999 FSM has been the Florence phoography department of both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College Study Abroad Programs.
After the formation of ‘Friends of Studio Marangoni’ in 1995 a program of exhibition exchanges between Italy and the USA was initiated and following this Marangoni became a member of the International Photo Curators Association (Oracle) and since 2010 of SPE, the Society of Photographic Education in the USA.
About the Publisher
The Eriskay Connection is a Dutch studio for book design and an independent publisher. We focus on contemporary storytelling at the intersection of photography, research and writing. In close collaboration with authors we make books as autonomous bodies of work that provide us with new and necessary insights into the world around us. The key for us is to convey the essence of their work through high quality editing, design and production. Our editions are mainly offset printed and bound in The Netherlands and we strive to work with local producers and sustainable materials as much as possible.