Salvatore Mancini

Salvatore Mancini, 2008 Chromogenic print by Lucas Foglia

Salvatore Mancini, Chromogenic print by Lucas Foglia

Looking back throughout my 40 years of photographing what do I see through that clear singular reflective lens of time? From my first photograph, a self-portrait with dark glasses and a beret, to my most recent photograph, a self-portrait in a rat temple in Bikaner, India, the one word that jumps out at me is remembrance. Every photograph I’ve taken is an act of remembrance. I want to remember my passage on this earth (sentimental as that may seem). I want to remember the journey of my life, who I was, where I’ve been, what I thought, what I felt, what I dreamed and what inspired me. I want to remember all of my relationships, family, lovers, and friends, what questions I’ve had and which got answered or didn’t. I don’t want to forget what the experience of living has been all about. There is my passage from childhood to adulthood, from primordial urges to evolving into a fully sexual and intellectual being. I want to remember all the experiences that formed my identity, from my birthright to my travels. I want to remember the age-old questions that we all ask – who are we? where did we come from? and, where are we going? I want to have a photograph to represent those questions and their conclusions. I want to remember every sight and insight along this human journey. I’ve been given the freedom to explore and make visible many of the yearnings that make life fulfilling, and even painful. I want photographs of all of that. Every photograph I’ve taken is an attempt to not forget my own existence. The act of photographing keeps me a few steps back from a void, slows down the fleetness of time, and puts a frame around my memories. To photograph is to remember. I want to remember moments through the exactness of a shutter speed.

Source: NetWorks 2008 Catalogue

Procession of Horses, Bluff, Utah, 1990 Gelatin silver print 14 x 11 in. Newport Art Museum Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chazan

Procession of Horses, Bluff, Utah, 1990
Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in.


Made by: Paul Marsella
Interview conducted by: Sarah Lupo
Additional footage provided by: Richard Goulis
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan M.D.

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  • Gerry Vann

    I’ve just found out about DIVINE PROVIDENCE: THE REBIRTH OF AN AMERICAN CITY, a film directed by Salvatore Mancini. I know there’s a showing on 11/04/19 at District Hall but my work schedule will not allow for attendance. Will there any any other public showing a on another medium or on-line availability?

    • Tim Blankenship

      Hi Gerry, it doesn’t look any additional screenings are currently scheduled. We’ll try and share any info if future dates become available.

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