Alberto Luca Recchi is an explorer and artist who has touched the hearts of Italian Millennials with his love for sharks. His expeditions have become photographs, videos, books, an exhibition with over 300.000 visitors, and even a musical performed in theatres in Rome and Milan.
For his solo show at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro New York, Al offers a glimpse into the depths of the oceans as well as from the depth of his imagination.
When I was a kid there was no such thing as the Discovery Channel; as a matter of fact there were no pictures of underwater animals at all, or at least not of ones that were alive. In the few pictures that were available the fish was usually either a trophy hanging from a proud fisherman’s rod, or a commodity like many others laying dead at a fish market. Photography back then was still unable to capture the vast majority of earth’s life – the one that takes place below the ocean’s surface.
I belong to a privileged generation, the one before me lacked the technology needed for underwater photography, but the one that succeeds me will lack the reefs and ocean life. I decided to make the most of my perfect timing, and leave my daughters and their children something to remember those glory days by. This is how I left the sharks at Wall Street and decided to pursue those that inhabited the oceans.