Maurizio Galimberti was born in Como, Italy in 1956 and grew up in Meda. He was trained as a surveyor where he developed his rigorous point of view. As a young man, he has won many photography competitions using classic analog film, mainly working in black and white and in diapo/cibachrome with a Widelux camera. In the year 1983 his passion/ obsession with the Polaroid camera began. His long journey of research and experimentation with instant photography were driven by his love of the resulting colors. It was in the early 1990s that Galimberti left the family business in pursuit of photography as a full-time career.
In 1991, Galimberti began his collaboration with Polaroid Italia, which led to his position as their official spokesperson. In 1995, he published the book Polaroid Pro Art, a true cult book for those passionate about Polaroid. He developed his own peculiar technique of Polaroid mosaics under the influence of Boccioni’s futurism and Duchamp’s kinetic movement. The fame achieved with these unusual representations of faces took Galimberti to the Venice Film Festival several times as the official portraitist.
In the 2003 edition of the Festival, his portrait of Johnny Depp was the cover of The Times Magazine in England in the same year. He collaborated with leading companies such as: Milan Calcio (Il Milan Del Centenario), Fiat Auto (2006 calendar, and Viaggio in Italia… Nuova fiat 500), Kerakoll (NewYork Matericomovimentosa), Jaeger Lecoultre (La Grand Maison), Illy caffè (2008 campaign), Nokia (Telefoninotempoemozione), and Lancia Auto (portraits during the 66th Venice Film Festival).
In 2005, Galimberti met Mr Fumagalli, who supported Galimberti in the publication of important books about the main cities of the world such as New York, Venice, Berlin, and who founded The Archivio Nord Est, which collects and keeps Galimberti’s artwork. Galimberti is also visiting professor at the Domus Academy and Istituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan. He teaches photographic workshops during the main photo festivals, and his work is part of some of the most important art and photo collections. Galimberti is currently working on a book about Milan on occasion of the 2015 Expo.