Paolo Pellizzari: Sport at Anastasia Photo

Image above: Tour of Qinghai Lake, 2003. Photo courtesy of Anastasia Photo.


Anastasia Photo presented on Thursday June 26, 2015, Paolo Pellizzari’s second exhibition at the gallery, featuring a selection of new work from some of the world’s most iconic sporting events.

Paolo Pellizzari photographs the world as an active participant rather than a voyeur. Through a wide panoramic frame, he offers a sweeping overview and a very intimate story. Pellizzari photographs major sporting events and daily life through the same lens. He creates intricate vignettes out of the usual, and the extraordinary.

Celebrating the 100th Tour de France, the iconic Alpe d’Huez climb was ascended twice in a row for the first time in 2013.  Here cyclists navigate downhill through infamous hairpin turns, which were closed to the public before the second climb. Huez, France 2013.

Tour de France Alpe d' Huez, 2013. Photo courtesy of Anastasia Photo.

“This is not conventional sports photography, the kind that sticks to the hero from the breakaway to the podium" says Pellizzari. "I have opted for a wider view like a stage play, it allows each aspect to be examined: the competitors as well as the spectators".

Press boats flock Ben Ainslie’s boat after winning gold in the Olympic Finn Class; he was the first to win medals in sailing in five different Olympics consecutively from 1996-2012. Dorset, England 2012.

Ben Ainslie Sailing London, 2012. Photo courtesy of Anastasia Photo.


“L’Enduro du Touquet”; formerly a 3 hour race over the sand dunes of Le Touquet. The race ran from 1975-2005, the final year on the dunes prior to relocating for ecological reasons.  Le Touquet, France 2005.

Enduro du Touquet, 2005. Photo courtesy of Anastasia Photo.


Paolo Pellizzari was born in Italy in 1956, and studied architecture and business before devoting himself full-time to photography. Pellizzari’s work is regularly displayed in galleries in Turin, Milan, Paris and Brussels and is published in newspapers and magazines including Libération, L'équipe, La Repubblica, and Newsweek. In 2004 Pellizzari was awarded the Sportel Prize for the Best Sports Book of the Year for Tours of the World in which he photographs the most exotic cycling races on the planet. In 2010 he produced a book with his body of work titled The Broad Way and exhibited the images in the Italian Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai. He was awarded the Germain G. Glidden Best in Show Award by the National Art Museum of Sport in 2013. Pellizzari is currently represented by Vu in Paris and Contact Press Images in New York.

Anastasia Photo specializes in documentary photography and photojournalism. The gallery space also serves as a center for discussion and portfolio review. In an attempt to further connect these photographic images and the events they depict, Anastasia Photo endows each exhibition with a related philanthropic organization.


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