about - M Frisino Photography

M Frisino Photography

M Frisino

One Eyeland 2015 Award winner


I studied visual anthropology, but worked professionally as a software engineer in Silicon Valley for many years.  Recently I have  returned to my vocation in the visual arts.  Always interested in other cultures and novel experiences, I have  been fortunate enough to live for several years in St. Petersburg, Russia, Rio de Janeiro, and I now live in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Filmmakers and painters have influenced my visual sense more than other photographers. The films of German Expressionists, Andrei Tarkovsky, Herzog, Scorsese, Terry Gilliam,  the Coen Brothers, the paintings of El Greco, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Klee, the sculpture of Brancusi and etchings of Dürer, amongst many others. I have also been strongly influenced by musicians such as Sun Ra, Jorge Ben Jor, and Wim Mertens. Along with these artistic influences, anthropology continues to be my intellectual lodestone.  Current interests include mythology, historical linguistics, metamodernism,  evolutionary biology, and futures studies.

Werner Herzog says an artist must use any means necessary to reach “the ecstatic truth,” a knowing mix of truth and lies that gets at the emotional core of a chosen subject more accurately than the a simple “accountant’s truth”.  This attitude underlies my approach to photography, or more precisely digital art. The photograph is just the beginning of the process, its the raw digital information that can then be pushed and pulled, inverted and subverted, and ultimately transformed into a new thing under the sun.  This approach underlies all of my work but is most evident in my treatment of Brazilian carnival. There the original photographs are building blocks, fragments of visual  experience that can be digitally combined in a sort of photographic bricolage.

I hope you find this work of interest,  comments and questions are welcome and appreciated.

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