Emilio Cresciani is an artist and freelance photographer and lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2012.
He won the 2018 Dis-Moi Dix Mots Competition, Alliance Française Sydney. In 2019 he was a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize, Olive Cotton Award and a Semi Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize. He was a finalist in the 2018 Mandorla Art Prize; 2017 Bowness Photography Prize. He received a 2017 PhotoAccess Canberra Artist Support Package; in 2015 was a finalist in the Chippendale New World Art Prize and the Agendo Art Prize, the 2010 National Youth Self Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in Australia and his work was featured in the People Gallery, National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest in 2010.
His artwork explores redundancy and urban change. His interest is in objects, structures, buildings and the urban landscape, and in particular the increasing number of ‘non-places’ that fill our environment. Waste centres, derelict service stations, road works, car parks and abandoned factories. Beauty is found in these places of repulsion, neglect or obsolescence. Inverted images of rubbish emphasise the negative side of consumerism, like an x-ray points out disease. Portraits of people with their weekly waste explored Italo Calvino’s suggestion that we are defined by what we dump. Cracked car windows and night road works are a metaphor for the central place roads play in capitalism.
Recent media coverage of his art work has included the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and City News; Parramatta Road project on ABC TV News; and the Daily Telegraph; and his exhibition " Flight Patterns" in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. [see News]
He is represented by The Photography Room, Canberra.
He works for Hector Abrahams Architects, and worked as an assistant to architecture photographer Richard Glover. He was commissioned by Leichhardt Council to do a heritage photographic documentation of Parramatta Road. He also shoots events for several clients.