Lorenzo Merlo, born March 27, 1935, in
1967 he received a degree in photography from the New York
Institute of Photography. From 1974 to 1987 he was
director of the Photography Gallery of the Canon Foundation in
Amsterdam, a period during which he organized major exhibitions for
numerous museums and cultural centers, including: Fotografia
Fantastica in Europa and the USA, La fotografia giapponese oggi e
le sue origini, La storia sociale dei mondiali di calcio, La nuova
fotografia in bianco e nero nell'Europa occidentale, Helmut Newton
opera fotografiche, Fotografi lituani, Nouveaux Nus, Fotografia
olandese contemporanea, Nella buona e nella cattiva sorte, Il nudo
fotografico nell'Europa orientale, Il nudo in fotografia and Cento
He was art director for such
international events as Amsterdam Photo 1984-1986 and Torino
Fotografia 1985; in 1985, together with Claude Nori and Gabriel
Bauret, he founded the magazine, Camera International,
published in Paris.
From 1986 to 1990 he was curator of the
photography department at the Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna in
Bologna and he curated the exhibition program
for the Raggianti Foundation in Lucca. Since 1988, he has continued
his activity as an independent photographer in Aosta.
He has also been the photography curator
for Imago Eventi in Bologna and for European Photography at the
Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan.
He is a technical advisor for the Museo
Ken Damy and artistic director of the Mountain Photo Festival in
His photographs have been shown in
personal exhibitions in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden,
Japan, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic
and the United States.
He has held conferences on a number of
topics related to the history of photography in Sweden, the
Netherlands, the United States, Portugal, Germany, China and
His photographic works have been
published in numerous photography books and magazines.
Le donne hanno radici sulla
luna, Grafis, Bologna, 1992.
Luoghi e memorie,
Octavo, Florence, 1996.
Time, Edizioni Motta, 2000.
Women of India,
Museum publication, 2001.
Museum publication, 2002.
Cambogia, Edizioni Riva, 2007.
Mondo Donna, donne nel
mondo, Vianello libri, 2009