Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 1944-2013) After graduating in Architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in 1973, Gabriele Basilico continued to dedicate himself to photography. The shape and identity of cities and the changes taking place in the urban landscape have been his privileged areas of research since the beginning. Milan. Portraits of Factories (1978-80) is his first work dedicated to the industrial suburbs and corresponds to his first exhibition in a museum (1983, Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea, Milan). In 1984 he was invited to join the Mission Photographique de la DATAR, commissioned by the French government, and documented the coasts of northern France. In 1991 he participated in another international photographic mission to Beirut, at the end of a war that lasted over fifteen years. He returned to Beirut three more times: in 2003, 2008 and 2011. In 1996, with Stefano Boeri, he carried out an accurate survey on the changes in the landscape, Sections of the Italian landscape, which will be presented and awarded at the VI Venice Architecture Biennale. Gabriele Basilico has produced many works of documentation of cities in Italy and abroad and realized a large number of exhibitions and personal books. Considered an undisputed master of contemporary photography, he has exhibited in many countries and received numerous awards and recognitions. He has also intertwined his tireless interest in the transformations of the urban landscape with seminar activities, lectures, conferences, and written reflections. His works are part of important international public and private collections.