Alberto Bernasconi became interested in photography on a road trip to Africa at the age of 24. The Italian remembers borrowing a 50-mm lens from a friend on the trip and asking him what he should do to capture good images. His friend’s advice was simply to shoot everything in sight.
Needless to say, the pictures were pretty awful but Bernasconi realized then that he loved photography. “I couldn’t wait to get back home and start developing my own personal voice,” he said.
The following year Bernasconi enrolled in a photography program in Milan. Soon after, he worked there for Ferdinando Scianna as his assistant. Working for Scianna allowed him the opportunity to browse through Scianna’s extended archive. It was there he learned the foundation for creating meaningful imagery.
“I found myself drawn to capturing things that other people simply missed,” he said. ”I had a constant need to frame everything. It was my ways of making sense of the world, somehow create visual order.”
If you ask Bernasconi now what he enjoys most about photography, he’ll tell you, “they’re the situations I find myself wrapped in and the process of learning something new all the time.”
Hue, Vietnam: A friendly football match among the village children.
Hanoi, Vietnam: Ho Chi Min Mausoleum.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The War Remnants Museum, once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, changed its name to reflect the desire to avoid offending tourists. Despite the rhetoric, this museum has become one of the most popular attractions with Western visitors of all political persuasions. It is a stark reminder that a war rarely has winners and is never glorious. Along with the many photographs, the museum displays U.S. armored vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons. There is even a guillotine used by the French on pesky Viet Minh “troublemakers.”
Kreuzberg, Berlin: An old public swimming pool that has been transformed into a theater.
Marrakesh, Morocco: Palais Bahia.
Marrakesh, Morocco: A belly dancer performs for tourists at Restaurant Tanjia.
Canton Ticino, Switzerland: A woman reflexes as she stands to admire Maggia, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta.
The Healing Room at the Health Balance Clinic for Animals in Uzwil, Switzerland: A circular treatment room that allows the animals to absorb beneficial positive energies. It is constructed according to geobiological principles on a site rich in natural energy. Through the principles of Global Scaling, the Healing Room encourages the formation of natural vibrations. The room’s foundations and the rose quartz built into the pillars on the outside of the structure strengthen the energy-giving effect.
The ’900 museum overlooking Piazza del Duomo, Milan: The Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century), located in the Palazzo dell’Arengario, is a public venue dedicated to the exhibition of Milan’s collection of 20th-century art. A portion of this collection is displayed at the Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano (Boschi Di Stefano House Museum), where some of the works donated by the Milanese collectors Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano are on display.
Hoi An, Vietnam