Giancarlo Pradelli was born in Modena in 1966 and is still based there. He taught photography at the Istituto d'Arte in Modena until 1994, then moved to the United States where he worked for leading photo studios, exploring the techniques used in black-and-white photography and portraiture. He has been a professional photographer since 1996. His photographs have been published by Life Magazine, Photo, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, and Specchio. A series of pictures by Pradelli has been included in the collection of contemporary photography in the Bibliotheque Nationale, in Paris. Gianni Romano is a lecturer in the History of Modern Art at Turin University. He is one of the best known art historians in Italy and his essays have been published by Einaudi and Donzelli.