About

Igor Ponti is a Swiss based photographer, during his studies in applied art he started to develop his interest in photography. Also during the years he worked as editorial photographer moved by the wish to keep on his research on the photography landcsape and the way it is related to human environment.

In 2009 his first personal project about a small skateboarding family became to his first book, published by Fontana Edizioni. Skate Generation was published in 2009.

In 2010 he began his new research to describe and investigate the idea of an common Swiss identity. During these years his research moved into a more documentary approach. In 2013 he is on the recipient of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia’s grant for new talents in the field of photography.

In 2014 is published by Hatje Cantz his second book “Looking for Identity” that in the same year he was invited to the international exhibition of photography Paris Photo Fair, for the presentation.

The book “Looking for Identity” was in the final selection of the New York Photo Festival 2014.

After tree years of work in the 2016 was pubblished his third book “Foce” a far-reaching investigation into an anthropic landscape.

His images are part of private and institutional collections and have been part of both personal and private exhibitions.

Giovanna Calvenzi describes his photographic research tool to question himself and check the roots of their membership through a slow vision, which requires planning, a language that does not judge, does not comment, does not indulge in stunts aesthetic.


Monographs

2016

FOCE

English/Italian

Fontana Edizioni, Lugano, CH

ISBN 978-88-8191-450-0

2014

Looking for Identity

English/Italian

Hatje Cantz, Berlin, DE

ISBN 978-3-7757-3925-2

2009

Skate Generation

Italian

Fontana Edizioni, Lugano, CH

ISBN 978-88-8191-292-6

Fellowship

2013

Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, new talents in the field of photography, CH

Awards

2014
New York Photo Festival,
Finalist Book Category

2012
Honorable Mention,
International Photography Awards,
New York

2011
3rd place,
International Photography Awards,
New York

Collections

Rolla Foundation
Collezione Banca Stato
Collezione Repubblica e Cantone Ticino
Artphilein Foundation
Colombo Group Collection
Private Collections

Selected talks, lectures, activities

2016

Micamera, Milano, IT

2015

METRONOM gallery, Modena, IT

Guest teacher, University of Applaied Sciences and Arts, CH

2014

Guest teacher, week workshop, University of Applaied Sciences and Arts, CH