Novara 1908 – Milan 1982
Monti is the foremost intellectual of modern
Italian photography. He understood the scope for
exchange that exists between photography and
contemporary art without giving up its
His work, after an early, very important
Venetian period, overcame a simple descriptive
vision, working with abstraction and “off
camera” experiments: chemigrams, light
diffraction, blurrings, etc.
Becoming a professional in 1953, he chose to
work in the field of art and architecture
reproductions collaborating with prestigious
magazines and illustrating over 200 volumes.
In 1966 with Andrea Emiliani and Pier Luigi
Cervellati, the census of the Tuscan-Emilian
Appenine valleys began followed by an exemplary
one of the historical centre of Bologna.
Cataloguing historical centres will occupy him
for over ten years, as he travelled and
photographed numerous cities, ending in his
place of birth, Val d’Ossola.
Paolo Monti died in Milan on 29 November 1982
after a brief illness.
The Historical Archive of the Gondola has over
1,300 original prints of which many date back to
the Venetian period.