Fresco Photography

Diane Epstein’s signature fresco-like style of photography captures the monuments, cupolas and landscapes of Rome, and blends the aged stone and richly encrusted walls, developing an image that lies somewhere between a photograph and a painting. She does not change the scene per se, retaining the architectural details, but rather adds dimension and texture, which is precisely what draws the viewer closer, allowing his or her own interpretation.

Epstein’s large-scale panoramic vistas record and recreate both the extraordinary architecture of the ancient city and the fresco paintings that have influenced artists all over the world. Her technique of layering multiple photographs dissolve into elaborate and ethereal visions that evoke spectral sub-surface images.

Born in New York City, Epstein moved to California and lived there until 1971 when she relocated to London for her high school studies. She returned to California for university, and then graduate school at John F. Kennedy University, where she received her Master of Arts degree in 1983. She has lived in Rome with her husband, an author and historian, and two sons since 1995.

The photographs of Diane Epstein have been widely exhibited in Italy, including in Rome at the American Academy, the American Embassy, Residence of the Belgian Ambassador, John Cabot University, Galleria Paolo Antonacci, and in Umbria at the museum Palazzo Boccarini. Epstein’s photographs will be exhibited again at the Galleria Paolo Antonacci, via del Babuino, 141a next spring, and at the Susan Calloway Fine Art Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Giardini di Sole showroom in Boston in Fall, 2010. Her commissions include prominent collectors from around the world and for the Canadian Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale.

All works available by commission in various sizes.