Urban self-portraits by Anna Di Prospero

by Valentina Ieva
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Through the unusual and charming urban self-portraits, Italian photographer Anna Di Prospero explores her own identity. In the middle of huge volumes and colorful architectures, she takes part in the cityscapes in a very pretty way.

"The series Urban Self-portrait belongs to a project called I am here, a photographic work based on the relation between the person and the place" she said.

"I have always been intrigued by the effect exercised by a place over the human being, and how the personal experiences influence the perception of a space. There are many types of places: private, public, familiar, social, but what and especially who, defines them? We do".

"In my work I analyze those places, diverting them from their primary function, in order to create new realities and visions.

In the series Urban Self-portrait, the contemporary architecture loses its function as a building, and becomes a dynamic element that physically interacts with the human figure. I've always been intrigued by new architectures because they are symbols of the present and my purpose is to picture myself as part of the era I am living in. I traveled around Europe and USA looking for the latest outstanding architectures, from the Gehry Buildings in Dusseldorf to the High Line in New York. With each of these works, I explored the concept of body, space and interactions.

In my work I am constantly looking for a dialogue between interior and exterior, between inside and outside, between my inner and outer side. I take a portrait of myself in a city, in a hotel room, in front of a contemporary architecture, but I am never the protagonist of the scene;

I am a witness of these realities created through the act of photography. And so the photography becomes my medium of interaction with the external dimension and the photo a projection of my inner space".

Anna Di Prospero was born in Rome in 1987.

She studied photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. 

Since 2007 she is working on several personal projects regarding the subjective perception of universal themes.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues in Europe and USA.

Amongst her recognitions are the Sony World Photography Award 2014 in Portrait category,
the People Photographer of the Year at the IPA 2011 and the Discovery of the Year at the Lucie Awards 2011.

Currently she is represented in Paris by Galerie Madé.

All images courtesy of Anna Di Prospero



    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)