PANOPTICON - Riccardo Dogana (2020)

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To watch, to see everything, to watch the world staying at its center. To be like God. […] But this center has no place in a traditional geography: it is the endless, wild, mysterious Big Data electronic prairies. And this is an opportunity for everyone, through the medium of screens: getting to violate (and of letting the others violate) the intimate vestibule of space and time, with a look.

Panopticon is a reasonable way to this violation: the diary of a man who travelled through the screens. In these images you can find one possible circumnavigation around the images the world produced and stored in the web, in the last ten years. Months long meticulous daily collection: one immersion into the monitor, deep into the vast dark abyss of the database. Entering this stream of images, feels like falling into the heart of this time of our, sensing its own murk: a darkness that somewhere, starts to move, a body that captures all the world’s light just to let some bright, quick, sticky, painful smudge shine out of it.

Riccardo Dogana gathered these dazzling flashes on the mechanical cornea of his own photographic device, without any cold attitude, letting himself down the screens our world is made of. What he sees happen makes us feel lost, it bothers us, it fascinates us. It feels like we cannot believe in what we see; or better: we doubt its consistency. They look like hallucinations, phosphenes, fractals of a mind we are lost into. And yet, the images in this book belong to us, and are fraternal to us: we cannot but feel our full participation to it. We even think we already saw them: as if shadows stolen from our screens, déjà-vu. […]

There is no euphoria. No easy enthusiasm, no naïve abandon. In front of such radical possibility of seeing, there would be two practicable ways: pornography or cure. Riccardo Dogana, instead, shows us a third, at the crossing of the two: witnessing. (Tommaso Di Dio)

Technical informations:

Photos by Riccardo Dogana

Texts by Riccardo Dogana and Tommaso Di Dio

Design by Valentino Barachini

English translation by Massimiliano Barachini

Closed book dimensions: 24x27cm

Four color print, 49 photos, 82 pages.

Language: Italian and English


Trade edition

Printrun: 130 copies numbered and signed

Paper: Favini Biancoflash Natural 160 gr + Favini Manifesto Pink

Sewn binding.


Collectors’ edition:  SOLD OUT

Printrun: 20 copies numbered and signed

Paper: Favini Biancoflash Natural 300gr + Favini Manifesto Pink

Spiral binding.

An handmade pressed cardboard box containes the book + an inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper numbered and signed.



Riccardo Dogana (1983), self-taught, comes to photography in 2018 with 16/9 shots curated by Francesca Serravalle and finalist at Premio Voglino. In 2020 with Wallpapershe won the Refocus # 2 Awardorganized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography MUFOCO in Milan and it will be the subject of a collective exhibition at the Milan Triennale. Panopticon, part of Dogana’s monitor trilogy together with 16/9 shots, is his first project to become a book.