Davide was born in Rome, Italy, in 1982. He graduated at La Sapienza’s School of Architecture after attending classes in Rome, Seville and Madrid. From 2011 to 2013 he expands his professional profile studying photography at the Institute of Cinematography R. Rossellini. In 2008 he gets in touch with the interesting history and culture of the Vatican world, working until 2015 as technical collaborator and cameraman at C.T.V. Vatican Television Center, responsible for images production, distribution and the archive of the Holy See’s activities.
Alessandro Guida was born in Turin, Italy, in 1976. Architect by training, he graduated in Turin, where he practices until 2008, when he moved to Rotterdam (NL). Since then, and after some collaborations with Dutch Architectural offices, he started his own company offering services of commercial photography in the architectural field. Since 2015 he devoted himself to the creation of personal photography projects, related to architecture and landscape. They have been exhibited and published at the Architecture Festival of Turin (July 2015), the XV International Venice Architecture Biennale (May-Nov 2016), the RAW Gallery in Rotterdam (Jan-Feb 2018).
Isabella Sassi Farìas was born in Como in 1978, where she currently lives. Due to her family origins she has both Italian and Chilean background and nationality. She studied architecture at the University IUAV in Venice and one year at the FAUP in Porto, where she soon developed an interest in photography, studying with Guido Guidi and Lewis Baltz. She works as an architectural and landscape photographer, focusing primarily on interiors, reuse, product design and exhibitions projects, as well as portraits and still life. She currently collaborates with magazines, architects and designers in Italy, Switzerland and abroad.
Viviana has a background in Architecture and a Master degree in urban regeneration. She started her professional life as an architect engaged in social planning and urban regeneration programs at the neighbourhood and city level and coordinator of community-based development projects. Since she moved to The Netherlands, she developed a worldwide network, first at INTA (International Urban Development Association) then at IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning). She has organized international exchanges and debates all over Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is currently based in Rotterdam where she cooperates with INTI and Metrex.
Urban Reports is a collective of documentary photographers working on architecture and landscape.
A European network of professionals able to activate partnerships and collaborations at the international level and develop projects and reportages at the urban and territorial scale.
Formed by photographers-architects from various European cities, Urban Reports proposes the use of photography as a visual tool to investigate and explore contemporary landscapes. Born from a common desire to share each other’s professional experience and a vivid passion for urban chronicles, Urban Reports researches and documents today’s urban condition.
Working simultaneously, yet from different contexts, the collective experiences a jointed and multifaceted cooperation that makes photography a reading tool for contemporary territorial identity and a visual evidence of how the habits, society and economy may influence and affect places and the urban space. The collective runs researches and documentation works and provides support to urban and territorial policies.
This is a time of radical changes where the acceleration of urban dynamics, territorial widening and increasing governance and planning systems complexity contribute to the transformation of the landscape. The forms of the space do not express any more values which are recognized and broadly shared. Relentless urbanization, soil consumption, impoverishment and depopulation of rural areas and the resulting socio-economic impact on the environment, come along with climate change’s effects and massive migration phenomena.
In addition the emergence of new economies, energy innovation, sustainable mobility, internet and big data are all factors which contribute to change the identity of our landscapes determining a dynamic redefinition of their collective imaginary. But how much do we know about our contemporary landscapes? How can we describe them? How to contribute to recompose a new territorial narrative?
Urban Reports “seeks to recover a more concrete landscape experience [..] looking at the landscape as the true object of observation and exploration, free from movement, sounds and characters.”
A working method to observe and understand territorial dynamics in support of other disciplines and in cooperation with commonly used tools such as demographic, socio-economic data and GIS. The goal is to contribute to the design process encouraging the reflection on the identity of the places and their possible scenarios of transformation. On the one hand, this approach opens up to new perspectives and new possibilities for analysis; on the other hand, it is powerful means of communication that can nurture a new collective imaginary and build a territorial narrative capable of reaching out a broad variety of actors and stakeholders, such as professionals working in the urban planning field, including a wider public. ─
– Realize “collective” photography campaigns to produce uniform and coherent photographic material.
– Create a network of experts and international professionals having a say when talking about territories and landscape changes (urbanists, architects, geographers, historians, economists, anthropologists, sociologists, landscape designers) and work out the thematic contents of the photography campaign and elaborate a critical reading as a basis for shared reflection.
– Activate thematic debates, public discussions and events about the landscape and its evolving nature.
– Set up a platform that brings together cultural, public and private institutions, cities, civic and urban research centers and citizens to contaminate experiences and mutual knowledge.
Our approach lays on the awareness of the relevance of working together and in synergy with other disciplines. The Transdisciplinarity and the contamination of different and diverse methods are the founding elements of our action.
For each project, we activate local and international partnerships and cooperation, we compare different perspectives to encourage a joint and plural reflection starting with the “slow and silent” analysis of documentary photography.
Provide a visual snapshot on urban and spatial changes for a more comprehensive and exhaustive understanding of our territories
Promote a new awareness in terms of analysis and observation of the landscapes’ continuous mutation
Encourage the contribution of a wider audience on the debate over contemporary landscapes through the organization of cultural events
Strengthen the connections between the public and the “professional world” by creating a platform for the exchange of different perspectives and competences at the international level