Riccardo Zipoli was born in Prato in 1952. Since 1975 he has taught Persian language and literature at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The author of numerous publications, he has mainly dealt with historical and stylistic problems in Persian literature. He began taking photographs in 1972. The first shows of his works were held in the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1976), and Il Diaframma, Milan (1977). Since then his photographs have been widely shown and published in Italy and abroad (among other exhibitions, he showed his works at the 14th São Paulo Contemporary Art Biennial in 1977 and at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tehran in 2008). In 1978 he graduated with a diploma in film direction and direction of photography from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome. He has taken photographs in over thirty countries: a significant anthology of his works may be seen at his website (www.riccardozipoli.com).
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