The early 1980’s was a very particular time in the world. The personal computer boom, Reganism and pop music were all shaping the cultural landscape in ways we can still feel today. However, one movement, which was more underground, particularly thrived. Italian fine art photographer, Dino Ignani, refers to this subculture as the “Dark Movement”. You may know it more as post-punk, new wave, goth and probably a whole host of other labels. No matter how you categorize it, you know when you see it and the movement holds a very special place in all of our hearts.
"Dark Portraits" is a book of photographs taken in Rome between 1982 and 1985 mainly in clubs and video-bars during musical and theatrical events that the guests attending would refer to as "dark". This is made abundantly clear throughout the book. There are no descriptions or labels but each photograph carries its own story and the candidness of the works are incredible. This is an amazing time capsule of an era long gone, but the culture has proven resilient throughout the years. Whether for nostalgia, inspiration or fashion guidelines, this book holds many purposes. Fans of any "dark" movement will be proud to have it in their collection.