ABOUT STUDIO DE BENEDETTI
Studio De Benedetti exists in order to promote the artistic heritage of the Italian photographer and intercultural researcher, Carla De Benedetti. With her studio at 1 Via Spiga in Milano, for decades Carla De Benedetti was acknowledged a premier photographer of architecture, interior design, and urban (man-made) environments. Her archives contain numerous images and stories involving some of the most famous architects and designers of the time.
But that is only one dimension to her career. For ten years Carla De Benedetti was a Director of Southern Crossroads: Routes of Commerce and Culture Thru West Africa and the Early Sudan, an Associated Project of UNESCO's Integral Study of the Silk Roads, Routes of Commerce and Culture. During that time and beyond she extended her remarkable artistic skills to encountering and representing the histories and cultures of the peoples of Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and Asia. Those images and stories also, therefore, constitute as important components of her archives.
The purpose of cdbstudio.com is to gradually make these materials available to an international audience. The number of images in the combined archives is in excess of 70,000. The aim here is to offer a representative selection of low resolution samples that give a fair idea of the quality of the archives' contents. Further details about the archives, including searches related to specific themes, the stories behind the photos, as well as high resolution versions of the images, may be made available by contacting cdbstudio.com directly.
Here is a partial listing of architects and designers whose work is recorded in the archive:
Franco Albini, Giancarlo Allhadeff, Sergio Asti, Antonia Astori, Architetti Associati (Vittorio Gregotti, Alessandro Meneghetti, Giotto Stoppino), Gae Aulenti, BBPR (Gian Luigi Banfi, Lodovico Barbiano di Belgioioso, Enrico Peressutti, Nathan Rogers), Dante Benini, Giancarlo Bicocchi, Cini Boeri, Ricardo Bofill, Oriol Bohigas, Gigi Bolzoni, Francesco Bonfanti, Vittorio Borachia, Giuseppe Borgese, Mario Botta, Vanna Brega, Marcel Breuer, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Guido Canella, Gigi Capriolo, Piero Castellini Baldissera, Pierluigi Cerri, Maurizio Chiari, Roland Coate, Joe Colombo, Tony Cordero, Federico Correa, Constantino Corsini, Adalberto Dal Lago, Luigi Carlo Daneri, Claudio Dini, Leonardo Fiori, Gianni Gamondi, Francesco Gnecchi Ruscone, Luciano Grassi, Vittorio Gregotti, Ernesto Griffini, Eric Hamoniau, Mark Held, Franca Helg, Aldo Jacober, Philip Johnson, Romano Juvara, John Lautner, Lehrer Architects, Paolo Lomazzi, Adolf Loos, Italo Lupi, Vico Magistretti, Roberto Magris, Franco Mazzucchelli, Richard Meier, Roberto Menghi, Giuseppe Mengoni, Franco Menna, Giovanni Michelucci, Renzo Mongiardino, Roberto Monsani, Rosanna Monzini, Dario Montagni, Luigi Moretti, Valerio Morpurgo, Attilio Panzeri, Patrizio Paris, Eleonore Peduzzi Riva, Filippo Perego, Giorgio Pes, Renzo Piano, Sandro Pianon, Marcello Pietrantoni, Patrizia Pietrogrande, Piero Pinto, Pierluigi Pizzi, Piero Portaluppi, Giuseppe Raimondi, Franco Maria Ricci, Alain Richard, Willy Rizzo, Francesco Gnecchi Ruscone, Bruno Sacchi, Michel Sadirac, Carlo Santi, Franca Santi, Paolo Scarpa, Ionel Schein, Lino Schenal, Helmut Schulitz, Martha Schwartz, Kenneth Scott, Alberto Seassaro, Josep Lluis Sert, Giuseppe Sommaruga, Francesco Soro, Ettore Sottsass, Studio A4 (Gregotti, Lamberti, Lissoni, Sorgato), Studio Nizzoli, Yves Taralon, Michael Taylor, Oscar Tusquets, Valentino, Gino Valle, Carla Venosta, Nanda Vigo, Peter Walker, Giorgio Wiskemann, Marco Zanuso.
Over the course of her career Carla De Benedetti never sold the copyright to even a single image from her archive. The archive and its copyright now belong to her heirs, who have created the Studio De Benedetti and this web site in her memory.