Meerror by Leonardo Magrelli


"The Meerror project shows what mirrors reflect when we are not in front of them. It is a series of photos taken facing a mirror, yet we don’t see ourselves reflected in it, as if we were invisible. These are real images that exist in the world but ones which we can never witness for we are their own interference. In fact, we will never be able to observe directly what a mirror shows when we are not facing it, because every time we step in front of it the image that was reflected a moment before is modified by our appearance. Only by disappearing can we can observe reality without alterations. 

Thus self-portrait and still life collide, creating images that are both and none at the same time. In fact, when is it legitimate to speak of a portrait? Each one of these pictures premise it and is the result of the cancellation of a self-portrait. Yet is our very absence that triggers the mechanism of the image.

Finally, it is important to discuss the legitimacy of manipulating the images. Even if the following words do not refer to digital photography specifically, I like to quote Todd Hido: “I shoot sort of like a documentarian but I print like a painter. All my stuff is shot with natural light on a tripod. Untouched, and unstaged […] In the darkroom I’ll twist it all around in any way I find that works that still feels real to me.” So, against the purists of analog photography, sometimes only through the digital manipulation of the image are we able to see what our eyes and camera lens cannot." 

- Leonardo Magrelli

Leonardo Magrelli was born in Rome in 1989 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Design from “La Sapienza” University in Rome (class of 2012, full marks and high honour). He is currently studying in Rome for his second bachelor's desgree: Art History.

In 2010 Leonardo began working with the photographer Marco Delogu, director of Fotografia – International Rome’s Photography Festival, and chief editor of the publishing house Punctum Press. Aside from collaborating with the organization of the festival, Leonardo also designed many of the books published by Punctum.

In 2011 the photographer began collaborating with the graphic and book designer Riccardo Falcinelli, and in 2014 set out to work on his own, focusing on his photography. In the last years his works have been published in several printed and online photography magazines, and has been displayed in collective expositions and festivals.