Vittoria Dussoni explores human nature through photography.
Her works play a delicate balancing act of light and shade, and look deeply into hidden aspects of personality […] When I see the works of Vittoria Dussoni, I remember what Cartier-Bresson used to say, i.e. that photography is the art which recognises in an instant a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact. It is as if to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart. It is a way of life.
Dussoni has this rare ability to catch the fact and its form. Her photography comes to life through portraits- evidence of past eras in Italy and yet persistent in Australia, or of marginal realities as those of the Indigenous people of Australia and the young Moroccan men. The punctum of Roland Barthes, which strikes as an arrow in the viewer, is always visible in her work.
Angelo Gioè (Director, Italian Institute of Culture, Seoul)
Vittoria Dussoni is an internationally acclaimed award-winning Australian photographer based in Sydney. She was born in Rome, Italy, and studied in the USA, attaining her BBA (cum laude) from St. Edwards University (Austin, Texas) and her MA from the University of Texas at Austin (College of Communication), her thesis titled "Semiological Analysis".
Dussoni’s large-scale black and white portraits have received an impressive number of awards and recognitions, most notably the Gold Medal and People’s Choice award at the 2012 Prix de la Photographie (Paris), 1st Prize at the 2013 International Photography Awards (USA), and an exhibition of over 60 of her works being showcased at the 2014 Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, as well as being a 4-time finalist at the National Photographic Portrait Prize in Canberra.
Using exclusively the medium of middle format negatives hand-printed on archival paper, Dussoni’s images explore her subjects in their realities- whether documentary style or traditional portrait style, her works give a unique voice to her subjects, who are often the disempowered, marginalised or vulnerable groups in society. Dussoni is committed to photographing her subjects as dignified individuals, and always as beautiful human beings.
I try to emphasise the subject’s personal reality, yet I limit myself to showing only the essential. Ultimately, when I portray each individual, I am searching for what is common to us all.
Vittoria Dussoni 2016