The Danna Tape 2, 55 x 89 cm, ed. 20 | 102 x 165 cm, ed. 10 | 131 x 213 cm, ed. 5, 2004, C-Print
Patrizio di Renzo (b.1971 in Zug, Switzerland) is a Swiss photographer, filmmaker and creative director, known for his strikingly stylised images that draw the viewer into a world of fantasy.
Di Renzo pours himself into his work: his dreams, his desires, his unique vision. The resulting works are not only instantly recognisable, but are also, by the photographer’s own admission, something like self-portraits.
Clean lines, strong contrasts, dynamic patterns of light and shade: di Renzo’s work is bold and unashamed, whether there are models in haute couture or remote beaches and mountain ranges in front of the lens. Yet there is also a subtler side to his work; these are photographs tell stories that are sometimes joyful, sometimes eerie, and often surreal.
Di Renzo’s work has been featured in magazines, publications, and advertising campaigns across the world. He has published two photographic books, Portraits of Illusions and Merlin’s Dream, both of which incorporate fiction, myth and storytelling. He’s currently working on a third, set to be called Invisible, which will challenge societal notions of beauty.