Archive 1979 to 1990 In 1984 he received a grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which resulted in a comparative photo-essay entitled The Italian Hilltown and the American Main Street Small Town. The... [more]
1979 to 1990
In 1984 he received a grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which resulted in a comparative photo-essay entitled The Italian Hilltown and the American Main Street Small Town. The photographs were exhibited at the il Diaframma Gallery in Milan and the Graham Foundation Gallery in Chicago. During this period his photographs were accepted for permanent collection in the Corcoran Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and the Carnegie Museum of Art. In 1985, in collaboration with the Italian architectural critic Antonio Saggio, a second Graham Foundation grant was awarded. The project was a comprehensive study of the work of Giuseppe Terragni, an Italian neo-realist architect working in Milan and Como during the 1930’s. The photographs were published as a book entitled Giuseppe Terragni, Vita e Opere.
1990 to 2001
For a decade Marsico’s work centered on editorial travel photography. Travel Holiday, Travel &Leisure, and The New York Times Sophisticated Traveler commissioned him regularly. In 1992 he won the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s Lowell Thomas Award for the best magazine black and white photography feature, entitled Winter in Tuscany, written by Saul Bellow. The next year he received the top color photography award for the photo-essay Paradise, a story documenting 13 towns named Paradise. In this same commercial period Absolut Vodka (1993) commissioned Marsico for a series of 16 travel vodka ads. Among those were Absolut Rome, Absolut Portugal, Absolut Seville and Absolut Polynesia.
A Smaller World incorporating new mediums
2002 to 2009
Firmly based in a less global and more personal world and armed with new image-making skills, Marsico returned to being the social observer with the hope of addressing current societal issues. Works created in this period represent a radical departure from the photographer’s established working practice. His more recent work engages in a visual dialogue with photography, letterpress printing, encryption and triggered lighting.