Darkly Expressive Portraits of Dancers by Alessandro Risuleo

Alessandro Risuleo - Caruso, Bodies and Words - back to back

Alessandro Risuleo is an Italian photographer. With more than twenty years of experience as an art director and advertiser, he is the founder of Visual Creative Studio. When he discovered photography as a means of creative expression, Risuleo was quickly drawn to “the expressiveness of the naked body [and] the use of lighting and shadows,” both of which now characterize his work.

Featured here is his “CARUSO Bodies and Words” series, which depicts the drama of two dancers covered in an oozing substance. Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the song “Caruso” by the late Lucio Dalla, Risuleo conceptualized the series with choreographer Mvula Sungani, in collaboration with dancers Emanuela Bianchini and Raffaele Rizzo. Passion combines with power as the dancers support each other in impressive poses, with the substance generating a sense of sensuality, confusion, and longing—much like the lyrics of the original song.

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Images © Alessandro Risuleo

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