Marco Barbieri

Marco Barbieri is a photographer of Italian/Czech origins based in London. An avid traveler and observer, he tries to document unexpected realities and apply a highly compositional style to daily scenes. He has a keen interest in how urbanism, politics, and religion end up shaping the lives of people. He is keen to understand how these forces affect the daily routine of the population and how, at the same time, life inevitably tends to go on as usual.


Postmodernity is a photographic essay shot in medium format in South Korea where I concentrated on the main two cities of the peninsula: Seoul and the harbour city of Busan.

As a concept, Postmodernity does not occupy a clear period of time: some think it started after the second World War while other push the starting point at the end of the 20th century. On the other hand, a recurring element of postmodernity is the fact of being opposed to modernity. Where the different movements making up modernity had progressiveness in common, postmodernity is more difficult to define: It is fractioned, non linear and made of many forces that sometimes move in different directions.

In this series I applied the concept of postmodernity to the 21st century city choosing as a subject the reality of South Korea, one of the so called Four Asian Tigers, an advanced society that embraced western modernity and transformed it into something different and more advanced, possibly post modern.
Cities like Seoul are uncontainable multinodal organisms that defy any attempt of definition. They seem incapable of functioning in any linear or autonomous state, they are chaotic and eclectic. This visual essay is an ode to that complexity.

To view more of Marcos work please visit his website.

Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!

Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon

Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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