Alex Fakso, a prominent personality in the contemporary street scenario, comes to photography at the age of thirteen when he gets a camera in order to capture his own “pieces” on trains. Since then, Fakso has never stopped rubbing shoulders with the underworld, being part of the Writing movement since the early 90’s and at the same time becoming its direct narrator.
‘Heavy Metal’ is his first book, a photographic story enclosed in more than 160 pages, documenting styles and vicissitudes of the graffiti universe, transporting the reader into an unknown and unpublished dimension.
Fakso’s photographs come from an inner research, an attempt to transform graffiti on trains into a well defined photographic style, aimed at transmitting in one picture all the intensity of the action, raw and honest, illegal and clandestine.
‘Heavy Metal’ is a book that not only shows, but recounts a cultural movement that lives in the shadows, difficult to understand and imagine.
‘Fast or Die’ is Alex Fakso’s new photographic project, which comes to life after four years of travelling around the world, from London to the US, and as far as Russia and Japan. Metropolitan narratives immortalized in 148 shots: portraits of people running, taking the subway, sleeping on docks, sneaking into tunnels.
Fakso follows his subjects taking part in the action, moving along with them, following them until he manages to document instants and moments of their days, thus creating snapshots that contain stories, details and sensations.
This time Fakso expands his view beyond graffiti and tracks a robust framework of the metropolitan scenario embracing the people who inhabit it.
Images of ordinary people, common people plunged into the underground chaos : Fast or Die is a powerful photo strip describing the world through the subways. A report of the contemporary underground.
Title: Fast or Die. Author: Alex Fakso
Publisher: Damiani, Bologna. ISBN: 978-88-6208-164-1
Total pages: 112, paperback
Official release: March 2011