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Daniele Ratti

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The Italian service stations resemble cathedrals in the desert, like those ranches lost in the nothingness of the great American plains that seem to be waiting for someone who hardly ever passes by, almost more like a rendition than a real place. For nine days Daniele Ratti drove along the highways from south to north, from east to west, meeting very few cars. He photographed about fifty service stations, these “non-places” that we are used to seeing full of people and that, at the time of Coronavirus, seem to have lost their meaning.

Daniele Ratti (1974, Milan, Italy) lives and works in Turin. He has been working in professional photography since 2000. Some of his works are currently on display in the permanent collections of PAN in Naples, the Bartoli Felter Foundation in Cagliari and numerous private collections.