The project "Metaphisics of the Urban Landscape" is a research started in 2009 and still ongoing. It gives an interpretation of contemporary metropolitan scenarios detached by their objective image, letting the viewers create their own meanings depending on the different cultural backgrounds. The theoretical foundation of the work is the concept of metaphysic ( from ancient Greek metà= beyond, tà physikà= physical object) and aesthetically it refers to the Italian Metaphysical Painting School, whose leading figure was Giorgio De Chirico.
Gabriele Croppi (*1974) received a diploma in photography at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan. He works in the field of photography and film and his special interest is the relationship between photography and other forms of art. Croppi has received international awards and his photos have been shown in several exhibitions. He lives in Milan in Italy and works in the editorial field and also teaches at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia. For his photo essay “Metaphysics of an Urban Landscape” he was awarded the Photo series of the year at the Golden Camera Awards (2013), and the first place in the category Architecture – Buildings of the International Photography Awards (2012).