Scandinavian by Massimo Leardini is a sublime collection devoted to celebrated Nordic imagery, undoubtedly steeped in the classical tradition and illuminating the purity and complexity of this unique landscape and its people. Scandinavian encapsulates the captivating beauty of the human body and nature together, and is starkly engaging and thought provoking in its naked simplicity.
Based in Oslo, Leardini clearly has an affinity with this part of the world and it is this connection that immediately shines through in this, his first book, devoted entirely to his Scandinavian works. Featuring photoshoots with several successful Norwegian models including Iselin Steiro and Marianne Schroder, the book and exhibition are both hugely successful in showing the fluidity and honesty in all of Leardini’s work.
Placing the integrity of his work above everything else, Leardini is never willing to compromise on his vision, and these images successfully create a timeless story of female adoration and empowerment – no clothes, no barriers, no messing! To be in tune with ones surroundings whilst still retaining vulnerability and innocence is not an easy task but one at which Leardini excels. ( Hunger Magazine ) editionsdulic.com