Franco Sortini (1958) is an Italian photographer. Early he’s interested in painting and graphic art. Beginning in the 1980s, under the supervision of Franco Fontana, has produced color photographs of landscape and architecture.
Sortini’s photographs are presented with a deadpan wit and always considering the tenuous balance between people and their surroundings. He works in series, photographing urban scenes of his native Italy and Europe. His use of color has been lauded for its capacity to express reality and the Mediterranean light.
His interest focuses primarily on the empty city, chasing his idea of the ‘ideal city’, a place where to find order in the chaos. “Franco Sortini’s work comes up from the spaces; it is written with a wide size, so to solve the rules of perspective and the visual system each picture is provided with. classical structure, with a central, prevalent, perspective to outline the profile of a factory building, although more broadly then in architecture. his work is, in fact, focuses on this very strong urban genre, where the rigor and the constructive order is resolved with a desaturated color. a color that, then, reappears with some connotations, which are almost citations, to justify the photographer’s philosophy,” says Luigi Erba.
At the same time develops commercial photography, and in 1986 he opened a studio of industrial photography, working with advertising and communication agencies, and offering its services to corporate customers Franco Sortini has exhibited extensively his works during last years. His work has featured in many galleries in Europe and his photographs are in the collections of Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris, the AFOCO Archive in Cordoba, the Galleria Civica of Modena, the Department of Modern Art of University of Siena and in many private collections.
He has published several photography books and some artist’s book in limited editions. His photographs also have been published in many magazines and web magazines.Professional photographer since 1986, he is a member of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers. Currently, he lives in Salerno (Italy).