The “Ladies” series, taken in Switzerland over twenty years after his return from New York, shows a clear shift in style. Here the women become sculptural busts, devoid of ornament. The grain of their skin, which is completely free of makeup, shows the marks of an existential universe. These portraits, set against a white background, focus on the investigation of form, in an atmosphere of presence and absence, of alternation between dialogue and silence.
These photographs are striking for their aesthetic beauty and meticulous composition, with the serial nature of the portraits yielding symmetries that lead back to the concept found in the catalogue. “And while on the one hand, they remind us just what a fundamental role faces have played in art, fashion, film, and in the conception of periodicals founded since the middle of the twentieth century, on the other, they describe a personal obsession and path of exploration that Edo Bertoglio has carried into the present, contrasting the dark, smoky-eyed, picturesque eccentricity of his early models with the sunny, natural, almost bare faces of his “Ladies”, their hair pulled back, standing out against very light backgrounds, like kores who have entered a more adult and definitely less adventurous time of life, but which unquestionably has its own charismatic and catalyzing beauty”.
Edo Bertoglio was born in 1951 in Lugano, Switzerland. After earning his degree in film direction and editing from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris, he moved first to London, and then in 1976 to New York, where he remained for fourteen years. He worked as a staff photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview, documenting the artistic and musical life of figures from the downtown scene of the Seventies and Eighties such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Harry, and John Lurie, and his pictures appeared in the leading fashion, music, art and pop culture magazines. He directed the films Downtown 81 and Face Addict. He moved back to Lugano in 1990, where he continues to work as a photographer and documentary filmmaker.