Photographic cubism

"Portraits", Polaroid mosaics by Maurizio Galimberti

“I believe in the poetry of Polaroid, the crackle of old vinyl records, the smell of books made of paper”. In an age that is dominated by smartphones, social networks, and photos that invade every moment of our lives, Maurizio Galimberti has always remained faithful to classic Polaroid film: instant, easy, and spontaneous. With the simple yet ingenious intuition for which he has become famous, he breaks a face down into many images, each focusing on a different point, sometimes from different angles, which he then puts together to form a mosaic.

Portraits is an exclusive collection of his most important works. The book celebrates his “Photographic mosaic” method of portrait art, all of which is created strictly by hand, including the immediate post-production phase: “From the moment the shot is taken it takes approximately two minutes for the image to solidify. The most amazing results can be obtained in that brief lapse of time”.

The artist has a geometrical and maniacal obsession with balance in his compositions, elevating the use of Polaroid film to an art form. Portraits by Maurizio Galimberti is a testament to the topmost levels of style that he has achieved. Henri Cartier-Bresson used to say “Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation”, and Maurizio Galimberti’s mosaics are a perfect blend of both.


Alessandro Di Giacomo