The Cardboard Art of Christian Tagliavini

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, why has no one until now told the Manolo about the work of the photographer Christian Tagliavini?

Christian Tagliavinis Dame di Cartone

It is so wonderfully amusing, and made out of the cardboard.

Taking 13 months to complete, 1503 is largely inspired by the masters of the Renaissance, notably Agnolo di Cosimo (usually known as ‘Il Bronzino’) who was born in the same year as the title. Using cardboard & paper in place of material allows Tagliavini to design each item from the patterning to the final construction of form completely. In his series Dame Di Cartone (literal translation: ‘Cardboard Ladies’) several influences from art history & other eras are again present resulting in striking imagery.

From beginning to completion Tagliavini’s work is a labour of love. He admits that he enjoys the process as much as the resulting photograph, constructing an aesthetic from scratch he feels is incredibly satisfying from a creative & philosophical point of view. With as much done in situ as possible, including the illusory lengthening of the neck Tagliavini reduces the amount of postproduction needed thus retaining the immediacy of the image beautifully.

Christian Tagliavini Cardboard Ladies

Both striking and delightful!

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One Response to “The Cardboard Art of Christian Tagliavini”




  1. marvel Says:

    I find these a little creepy. The models look uncomfortable, like they’ve been caught and trapped in cartoon drawings. Or like they’ve been mashed and simplified into 2D caricatures.













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