“La vera bellezza ferisce”. MS
Mustafa Sabbagh was born in Amman (Jordan).
Italian-Palestinian, already assistant for Richard Avedon and teacher at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, after a brilliant professional career as fashion photographer, acknowledged by the most prestigious magazines of the worlds, Sabbagh decides to concentrate his research in the field of contemporary art through photography and video-art, focusing on an aesthetic standard where the focal point is the skin, a diary of individual uniqueness. Armony of imperfection, psychological analysis and anthropological study through the construction of the image are Sabbagh’s stylistic features that he transfers easily from the glossy pages of fashion magazines to the white cubes of the most important museums and galleries of the world – among which the Musée de l’Élisée of Lausanne, considered the international temple of photography.
Often protagonist of interviews and documentaries that investigate his visions, Mustafa Sabbagh has been recognized by the photography historian Peter Weiermair as one of the 100 most influential photographer of the world and one of the 40 portraitist of nude – the only Italian – among the most relevant at international level.
His works are present in many international publications (among which Faces – the 70 most beautiful photography portraits of all time, curated by P. Weiermair), in sold-out monographic volumes (such as About Skin, ed. Damiani, and 17:17, ed. Danilo Montanari) and in many permanent collections, in Italy and abroad – including the historical Collezione Arte Farnesina, Fondazione ArteFiera, the acquisition of an inedited project in the permanent collection of contemporary art at MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo (Rome) and the acquisition of a work commissioned by Fondazione Ferrara Arte and Casa Museo Boschi – De Stefano (MI).