Alessandro Zanoni is an Italian photographer and graphic designer who lives in Milan, Italy. In his series Dust Never Sleeps, he presents a vision of Shanghai as a state of mind, both oneiric and timeless in its stillness. A place emptied of its habitual crowds, inhabited instead by composite geometry and neat lines outlining space and volume… always unexpected.
The urban matter is looked at from afar, creating a detachment of vision and an enhanced loneliness. Urban expansion is focused on what is to become, on the transformation it’s suffering without any regard whatsoever to beauty.
A diffused white invades every layer of the images, mixing the monochromatic sky with the plaster dust from the omnipresent construction sites. Demolition and reconstruction; man occasionally present, framed in this estranged dimension as an exception – sometimes slightly ironical – to the emptiness and rigorous architecture.
Check out this interview with Alessandro Zanoni to learn more about his work.
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