Overview participating exhibitions
On the black markets of the dark web, the anonymous vaults of the Internet where nothing can be traced back to individual users, adverts for drugs are often illustrated using stock photos, yet some advertisers take their own photographs. Giorgio di Noto presents these exotic images, which are made by the advertisers themselves, and are predestined to delete themselves once they no longer have a function, like invisible objects. They are printed with special ink which only reveals the image when it is lit with ultraviolet light – the same light used to find traces of drugs. With this, Di Noto symbolises the anonymous and temporary nature of the photographs, which can’t be seen on the ordinary, above-board web.
In his series Tunisi, 8.6.2013 the young Italian photographer Giorgio Di Noto investigates the way in which photos were made and circulated in the countries of the Arab Spring. Using the background lighting of the screens of mobile phones and smartphones, Di Noto projected the photos that their owners had made with them onto photo paper. He invited the phone's owners through social media to come to a provisional darkroom in Tunis for that purpose. In this way he recorded what pictures the participants had made, as permanent evidence of the important role of digital communication and distribution channels in the uprising in Tunisia.
Giorgio di Noto (Italy, 1990) studied Photography at the Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams in Rome, and was taught the intricacies of developing and printing photographs by several master printers. He was featured in The Photobook: A History. Volume III by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Giorgio di Noto is currently studying Philosophy at the Sapienza University in Rome, where he also lives and works.