Carlo Mari is a photographer of reportage and advertising.
He has traveled the world above and below the seas, with his camera around the neck always to tell his story.
Between the '80s and'90s he published services and covers on the most prestigious Italian and foreign sea magazines. Afterwards and for a long time he documented the wild life of East Africa and was a correspondent of "The Harvill Press" in London. From this collaboration two important volumes were produced: "The Great Migration" and "Pink Africa". In Africa, he now lives several months a year in close contact with unspoiled nature and tribal peoples. Portraitist, for years he has been documenting the beauty - not only the exterior one - of many people at risk of extinction.
Carlo Mari has to his credit many photographic books published all over the world, some concerning the life of seabed, others of East Africa, between Kenya and Tanzania and others more the artistic nude and advertising glamour, as "Animal Man" published in Paris by "Edition de La Martinière" in 2000.
"My Africa", one of his most important creations, became part of 2004 best-seller list in Germany.(F&T)
With "Leonardo International" he realized in 2009 a book on Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Montecassino Abbey .
The connoisseurs know him for his refined FineArt prints in very limited edition, present in many private collections all over the world.
In the last three years the call of the sea has been so strong to bring him back in search of ancient sensations.
Sea and Africa: these are the ingredients for which he is dedicating himself to tell the story of life, fishing techniques and traditions of fishermen in East Africa.
"Carlo Mari is a visionary artist.
My esteem for him has ancient origins. When he arrived (a few years ago, truly) in my studio, struck me his brilliant intelligence enclosed in an introverted and silent character.
By becoming friends, it was clear to me that under an austere case
vibrated a remarkable fantasy and the rare ability to see the world with
His career then showed that creativity was just one
extraordinary stage to enter "on stage".
This unique world has been and is still a reinvented Africa read by
his indisputable poetic talent.
A series of extraordinary books and exhibitions testify of an Africa felt with
the soul, more than documented; photographs that deeply investigate this
"Great Mother" of the world through portraits, landscapes, images of
animals, plants etc. in an African vocabulary that unveils to all of us
depth, even symbolic, of the continent.
In this sophisticated and cultured book, Carlo skillfully uses contamination
of languages to reach even more deeply the "story" of his
life of artist who uses photography.
His images often conjure up photographs of great africanists of the beginning of XX
century in a rush of emotions that flow and cross the boundaries of
time, showing us the amazing continuity of this African story.
They are timeless photographs, which are worth of sentimental vision and
they build a soul's place rather than a geographic location.
In the eyes of this silent artist vibrate and resonate rhythms and
lights of an entire Continent that is the primordial image of the world and
therefore mirror of all our deeper and unconscious memories.
Thank you Carlo, because through this novel of a life, we succeed
also to see the depth and vastness of your feelings.
With great affection and esteem".