I am intrigued by these vintage portraits overlaid with colorful embroidery by London-based artist Maurizio Anzeri. Visiting flea markets around Europe, Anzeri collects antique photographs to use in his artistic process. The colorful, geometric lines add a three-dimensional element to the photographs, as well as suggesting a psychological state and even spiritual aura of the subject.
The artist says, “I don’t want to be nostalgic. When I work on them, to me they become very present. The catch is that at some point these photographs were to some people really important and suddenly they ended up in a box. I think that what makes them work is that the image and the embroidery at the top feed each other. It’s about feeding another dimension.”