Stazione Termini, Lookbook 2009-2021
Spanning 25 thousand square meters and serving over 150 million travellers annually, Stazione Termini in Rome stands as Italy’s largest railway station and Europe’s fifth-largest. Since 2009, Niccolò Berretta has focused his lens on this quintessential “non-place.” His photographic journey within Termini station captures a diverse tapestry of individuals, including commuters, homeless individuals, tourists, and regulars. “Stazione Termini” is a remarkable book featuring over 500 images that artfully eschew political or social commentary. Instead, it approaches its subjects with curiosity and originality, encapsulating the very essence of a bustling train station—a microcosm common to major cities worldwide.
Within the pages of this book, you’ll discover texts contributed by notable figures such as Pierpaolo Piccioli (artistic director of Maison Valentino), Federici Lodoli (writer and documentary filmmaker), Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli (documentary filmmaker and artist), and Gabriele Silli (artist). The book opens with an introduction by publisher Paulo von Vacano.
Niccolò Berretta, a photographer and photography director, boasts a rich portfolio that includes curating documentaries, music videos, and short films. Throughout his career, he has focused his lens on a wide range of luxury brands, contributing his unique perspective to their visual storytelling. Since 2009, he has been capturing life in and around Termini Station.
Influenced by the photographic legacies of August Sander and Diane Arbus, Niccolò Berretta has amassed a vast collection of portraits, each one telling a unique story. These portraits indirectly chronicle the societal and architectural transformations of a continuously evolving metropolis. Every individual, captured in the same pose throughout the book, possesses the narrative power to share their personal journey and, in doing so, mirror the collective narrative of a generation. They represent not only themselves but also the place and time they inhabit. Their role as passers-by mirrors our role as readers, inviting us into a world of images – a visual tapestry we will forever be intertwined with.