Claudio ABATE (1943 - 2017)

Claudio Abate, born in Rome in 1943, began working as a photographer very young, opening his own studio at just fourteen. In Via Margutta, which in those days was the hub of Rome's artistic life, Abate was part of the art milieu and photographed both artists and their work. By the end of the Sixties Abate had established his reputation as the acclaimed photographer of the Rome avant-garde art scene, with his shots of actions and works by Pino Pascali, Jannis Kounellis, Eliseo Mattiacci and Fabio Mauri. His collaboration with these and many other artists, as well as with the gallery owner Fabio Sargentini, was to last for many years.