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Vasco Ascolini:

An Inventory of His Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Ascolini, Vasco, 1937- .
Title: Vasco Ascolini Photography Collection
Dates: 1986-1988
Extent: 76 photographs (3 boxes)
Abstract: Seventy-six gelatin silver photographs of architecture, sculpture, theatrical performances, and natural and man-made objects.
Call Number: PH-00042
Language: English and Italian
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
Use Policies: Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility.
Restrictions on Use: Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Center's Open Access and Use Policies.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation Vasco Ascolini Photography Collection (PH-00042). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Gifts, 1988 (G 6058, G 7068)
Processed by: Ransom Center Staff

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of seventy-six gelatin silver prints by Vasco Ascolini (Italian, born 1937) that are arranged into the following five series: I. Iter Facere, 1986; II. Monumentum/Monumenti, 1986; III. Theatre, twenty items, 1986; IV. Museum: Homo Sapiens, 1987; and V. Metafisica, thirty items, 1986-1988. All photographs are signed, dated, and labeled by the photographer on the verso.
The Iter Facere series is comprised of twelve images showing the contrasts between man-made elements and nature, and between modern and ancient objects. The second series, Monumentum/Monumenti, is comprised of nine views of sculpture within the context of their surrounding architecture. Theatre, the third series, consists of twenty grainy, abstract views of a variety of performances, predominantly from the J Japanese theater (Kabuki, Bunraku, and Kagura). The series also includes portraits of Marcel Marceau and Lindsay Kemp. The fourth series, Museum: Homo Sapiens, consists of three interior views, a portrait of a baby, and a still-life of a model head. Metafisica, the final and largest series, contains images with details of sculpture and walls, and architecture interiors and exteriors, that were photographed in chiaroscuro lighting.

Index Terms


Abstract photographs.
Art photography.



Document Types

Gelatin silver prints.
Photographic prints.

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