Stazione Termini, Lookbook 2009-2021
With 25 thousand square meters and over 150 million travellers a year, Stazione Termini in Rome is the biggest station in Italy and the fifth biggest in Europe. Since 2009 Niccolò Berretta has photographed the ultimate “non-place”. With photographs of commuters, homeless people, tourists and regulars, Stazione Termini is a book with over 500 images that does not fall into the trap of political or social commentary. With curiosity and originality he has collected portraits of the passers-by he was drawn to, really capturing the essence of a train station, each unique but common to all big cities.
Inside the book are texts written by Pierpaolo Piccioli (artistic director of Maison Valentino), Federici Lodoli (writer and documentary filmmaker) Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli (documentary filmmaker and artist) Gabriele Silli (artist) and an introduction by the publisher Paulo von Vacano.
Niccolò Berretta is a photographer and photography director. He is the curator of several documentaries, music videos and short films, and has worked with several luxury brands. He has been taking photographs in and around Termini Station since 2009.
Influenced by August Sander and Diane Arbus, Niccolò Berretta has photographed so many people that he now has hundreds of portraits, indirectly documenting the societal and architectural changes of a continuously evolving metropolis. Every person, depicted in the same pose throughout the book, has the narrative power to tell their story and the story of a generation, representing themselves and at the same time representing the place and the time they belong to. Their status as passers-by reflects our status as a reader, carrying us into a world of images we will always be part of.