A HARDBACK BOOK IN A LIMITED EDITION PRESENTATION BOX FROM RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO 2020
Presented in a handmade box made from antique pine over a century old, this high gloss artwork is a truly unique collector’s item.
Boasting organic hand-embellishment using mixed media such as twigs and leaves, each box features a print of an original photograph and contains a limited edition copy of Raphael’s first-ever book, The Never-Ending Summer.
There are 10 limited edition boxes to choose from, each of which is available as an edition of 25.
book size: 16.50in x 15.00in
Edition size: 250
AN OPEN EDITION HARD BACK BOOK BY RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO 2020
The sun never sets for the fashion photographer turned fine artist. His groundbreaking 25-year career is illustrated in full colour in his first-ever collector's edition book, The Never-Ending Summer.
With stunning behind-the-scenes photography and exclusive memoirs from Raphael’s closest family, this publication paints an animated picture of life on location with the world-renowned creative.
book size: 11.80in x 15.40in
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R A P H A E L
M A Z Z U C C O
In the wilderness of the forest in Lebanon, Connecticut, world-renowned photographer Raphael Mazzucco became one with nature. Surrounded by the hooting of owls, powerful fox cries and supernatural light illuminating the trees, he conjured the inspiration for his Gaia collection. This, he says, is “Mother Earth getting ready to push back”.
GAIA STEEL COLLECTION
From the Greek word γαια (gaia). In Greek mythology, Gaia was the Mother Earth goddess.
Sometimes, all we need is for the world to slow
down so that we can see, and appreciate, the beauty
around us. Leaving behind his hectic life as a fashion
photographer in NewYork to plant his family’s roots
in rural Connecticut, USA, Raphael Mazzucco used
the ear th as his canvas and let his fusion of nature,
por traiture and photography grow.
“Living on a small farm with animals and colourful birds
like my peacocks brings a sense of grounding,” says
Raphael. “I feel like I’m living a life from so long ago, so
different from the city life I came from.”
The wilderness surrounding his home and studio is
cer tainly steeped in history: the state was considered
the ‘hear tbeat’ of the American Revolution, and the
Native American tribes who changed the landscape
forever live on through the azure lakes and dense
This sense of spiritual kinship is weaved into each of
the ar tworks from the Gaia collection.The flowers, tree
bark and feathers that adorn these powerful female
warriors are a snapshot of history, born from the
families who tended to their farms and gave back to
the ear th.
His own travels across the continents – from the
plains of Africa toVietnamese rice paddies – have
yielded a bountiful harvest.The original archival prints
are hand-embellished with natural elements from
around the world, connecting all of Mother Nature’s
magic. Created in Raphael’s outdoor studio, they were
exposed to the weather, developing like a photograph
under the sun’s gaze.
“Anywhere and everywhere can be an inspiration,”
explains Raphael. “Beauty is where you want to find it.
I’m fascinated by how these interactions come together
and spontaneously blossom.”
Rustic textures are juxtaposed by daubs of colourful
paint and geometric forms neatly plotted out in string
like the coordinates of a map.Viewers are invited to
navigate their journey through the layers of classical
imagery, nostalgic photography and occasional,
unexpected, glimpse of modern life.
As the second release from the Gaia series, which was
unveiled at Castle Fine Ar t galleries in 2019 to critical
acclaim, these works are bolder than their predecessors
and are framed for the first time.The collection also
includes two new limited edition prints, both of which
are hand-finished with gold foil and printed on 100%
cotton watercolour paper with a beautiful, unique
Suspended between past and present, these powerful
creations are a contemplative exploration of the time
missed between the shutter of a camera; they are a
reminder to take a deep breath and just be human.
CULO: THE WORLD IS NO LONGER FLAT
Raphael partnered up with music mogul Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records to shoot an anthology of celebrity portraiture. A collection of stunning, provocative images that celebrate the irresistable beauty of women blessed with real curves and, in particular, with magnificent "culo" (the Italian and Spanish word for ""derriere".
Culo is an art, fashion, and pop-culture movement that defies all national, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. No matter if you were raised to call it derriere, tush, rear end, or booty, Culo is the new epicenter of female sexuality, desire, and empowerment.