Study @ FSM

Fondazione Studio Marangoni is a photography school in Florence which offers training for photographers and artists. The courses offered range from basic to advanced/professional and include contact with the international contemporary photographic/art world.


BibliotecaThe library accommodates more than 4000 books on photography and it is continually enhanced with new purchases. This is an important tool for in-depth learning for our students, who are constantly encouraged to use this precious resource.


digital labThe digital lab is equipped with Apple iMac provided with post processing software, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, vital tools to express the creativity of our students. There are also photo scanners for digitizing negatives and a digital printing lab run by professional printers.


Camera Oscura MarangoniFSM strongly believes in the educational value of black and white chemical printing. The school keeps its darkroom labs in operation, in an opposite trend with other schools. The darkroom is equipped with 18 enlargers, to print negatives from small to large format.



  • Martino Marangoni was born in Florence in 1950, where he currently lives. As the son of an Italian father and American mother he grew up bilingual and is of dual nationality. Having completed his lower education in Florence he moved to New York in 1972 where he attended Pratt Institute until 1975, studying photography. On his return to Italy he taught photography at the ‘Studio Arts Center International’ to students studying at American Universities. Visiting the USA and especially New York every year he has maintained his close ties with America and in 1988 was ‘visiting professor’ at the Cooper Union. Studio Marangoni Foundation (FSM) was founded in 1991 with intention of promoting the Art of Photography. It is non-profit organisation which provides high quality and varied education programs for national and international students. As its president Martino Marangoni plays a fundamental role as teacher and mentor. He also organises exhibitions, workshops and events for the School and its gallery and often assists in the organisation of other external events in Florence. Since 1999 FSM has been the Florence phoography department of both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College Study Abroad Programs. After the formation of ‘Friends of Studio Marangoni’ in 1995 a program of exhibition exchanges between Italy and the USA was initiated and following this Marangoni became a member of the International Photo Curators Association (Oracle) and since 2010 of SPE, the Society of Photographic Education in the USA.Simultaneously with his work at FSM Marangoni has carried out personal research as an artist obtaining international acclaim. Martino Marangoni’s work has appeared in solo and group shows in Italy and abroad, including Milan, Florence, Venice, Rome, Paris, Toulouse, Arles, Portland, San Francisco and New York. His photographs are in the collections of Calcografia Nazionale in Rome; Museo della Fotografia Contemporanea, in Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, the Cabinet des Estampes de la Bibliotèque Nationale de France in Paris; the FRAC archive in Lyon; la Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; Camera Works in New York; CCA, Canadian Centre for Architecture; MAXXI, Rome.
  • Giuseppe Toscano was born in Catania in 1976. He graduated in photography at Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence where, in 2003, he started to work as teacher and coordinator of educational activities. He is also responsible for the online magazine m-mag contemporary photography. He currently teaches photography at New York University Florence, Sarah Lawrence College in Florence, and Berkeley Preparatory School. As a photographer he is interested in the documentation of the Italian landscape, in particular the Southern regions. His photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Europe including: Saadun curated by Denise Vernillo, Exhibition Space Zweistein, Munich, Germany; Backlight05, Triennial Festival of Photography, Museum Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland; Children are not like us, Wolkersdorf Castle, Austria; Antonino Paraggi Gallery, Treviso ; SI Fest 2007, Savignano sul Rubicone; Tempi Osceni, Galerie Nei Liicht, Dudelange, Luxembourg. His interest for new technologies and their application in photography drove him to graduate in Technology of Communication and Multimedia at the University of Ferrara in 2011.
  • Bärbel Reinhard was born in Stuttgart, Germany. She graduated in history of art and sociology from Humboldt-University of Berlin in 2004. In 2010 she received her Three-Year Program diploma in photography at FSM. She has attended workshops with Rineke Dijkstra, Arno Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Paolo Woods, Paolo Verzone, George Tatge, Elina Brotherus, Marco Signorini, Carmelo Bongiorno. She is now in charge of the gallery and the library at Fondazione Studio Marangoni, where she is also works as darkroom assistant for New York University Florence and Sarah Lawrence College.
  • Selected exhibitions: 2011 Periferie del mondo, Limonaia di Villa Vogel, Florence; 2010 Final exhibition at FSM, fsmgallery, Florence; Visti dal camper, Festival CiternaFotografia; 2009 Codici binari, Gingerzone Florence; National Show of Pinhole Photography, Palazzo del Duca, Senigallia; 2008 La bottega fotografica with Giovanni Chiaramonte, Palazzo del Duca, Senigallia; Il Territorio Urbano Notturno, Feltrinelli International, Florence; 2007 Paesaggio Urbano, Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, Florence.

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