Adriano Tomba was born in Valdagno (Vicenza) in 1945, where he currently lives and works. In 1982 his photographic activity began, dedicating particular attention to the Little Dolomites, a mountain system that, due to its geological and morphological characteristics, recalls to the traveler's mind the much more famous large Dolomites mountain system.

«Adriano Tomba' s photographic representations of Little Dolomites - wrote prof. Angelo Schwarz, photography historian and critic - propose this alpine universe through a worthy synthesis of Vittorio Sella and Ansel Adams lessons. He makes the most of the "spectacularity" of photographic staging to usefully highlight the original, geological, morphological and environmental characteristics of the mountain system that is mediated through a series of photographs».

He exhibited some provisional summaries of his photographic research on Little Dolomites in Valdagno, Salone Autovisper (1988); in Montagnana, Castello San Zeno (1989); in Prien am Chiemsee / Bavaria, Raiffaisenbank (1990).

In October 1989 and March 1992 he travelled twice across the West of United States of America. The photographs of the research The great stones of the red man were exhibited in Busto Arsizio, Palazzo Cicogna (1992) as part of the Emergencies of Photography & C program; in Mantova, Casa del Mantegna (1993) within the Europe-America programming: five centuries of myths and exchanges; in Valdagno, Cultural Center "G. Marzotto" (1995) as part of the initiative Images of the North American border between myth and history; in Ostana / Cuneo on the occasion of the inauguration of the Alpine Culture Superior Institute (ISCA) exhibition space; in Trento, Palazzo Pedrotti - House of SAT (1999).

In 1994, on a project of prof. Angelo Schwarz, the School of Alpine Photography was born and he was one of the founding members, together with prof. Schwarz himself and prof. Massimo Tosello.

Moreover, in 1994 he created for the Wool Manufacture G. Marzotto & Figli S.p.A., a photo-reportage on the renovations of S. Gaetano square in Valdagno and the construction of the monument dedicated to Gaetano Marzotto in the centenary of his birth.

In 1996 and 1997 he coordinated the initiatives of the Mountain & Photography program, an event organized on behalf of Fassa Valley Tourist Promotion Agency based on a project of the Alpine Photography School. On that occasion, he realised a new exhibition entitled New photographs of the Fassa Valley and produced two slideshows: the first entitled A photographic album of the Tridentini Alpinists Society or Views of Trentino by Giovanni Battista Unterveger - Trento 1882 projected, along with four other works of the School of Alpine Photography, as part of the initiatives of the 45th International Mountain Exploration Film Festival of Trento; the second one dedicated to the figure of the mountaineer Gino Soldà from Vicenza entitled Gino Soldà: from Little Dolomites to Karakorum.

From 1966 he created a series of calendars with images of the Little Dolomites, commented by Giorgio Trivelli, Mario Rigoni Stern, Bepi De Marzi, Franco Perlotto and Terenzio Sartore.

After 1998, he completed two works in progress for a long time: The Little Dolomites by Gino Soldà - Ascents, images, witnesses and Photographs of a pre-Alpine territory - Croda and spaces of the Little Dolomites.

Between 1999 and 2004 he performed a large photographic survey in Adamello-Presanella on the traces of the great 19th century photographers (G.B. Unterveger, V. Sella, G. Garbari) realising a series of panoramic photographs.

In 2002 he took part in the realisation of the photographic exhibition The mountain between myth and object organized for the seventy years of the book The mountain teased by Giuseppe Mazzotti. The exhibition was presented in Valtournenche, in Belluno as part of the Beyond the peaks event and in Vicenza.

Also in 2002, the International Mountains' Year, on the occasion of the review The mountains of cinema organized by the Museum of Risorgimento and Resistance of Vicenza, he was invited to exhibit a photographic corpus of Little Dolomites.

In 2004 he published the book Mountains' Anatomy, the fifth volume of the series dedicated to mountain photographers directed by Bepi Pellegrinon, with an essay by Italo Zannier and a commentary by Bepi De Marzi. The book was presented in the context of the International Fair of Leisure in Vicenza where, on behalf of the Mountain Community "Agno-Chiampo", he presented three photographic exhibitions on: the history of mountaineering, the mountaineer Gino Soldà and the landscape of the Little Dolomites (Veneto and Trentino).

Again in 2004, he was responsible for the photographic set of the book The peaks and the immortals, Editrice Rendena, Tione (TN) and he realised the book (limited edition of 500 copies) for the 4th Regional Mountain Festival sponsored by the Veneto Region.

In 2005, on the occasion of the 11th edition of the Lessinia Film Festival, he presented the photographic exhibition Ofra Morando: Malga of the Little Dolomites.

In 2005 and 2006 he was invited by SUSAT - University Section of the Tridentine Alpinist Society - to give a lecture on mountain landscape photography. Also in 2006, on request of the scientific staff of the Bard Museum (Valle d'Aosta), he sent two photographs for the preparation of the permanent exhibition The Alps Museum.

In 2007, on behalf of the municipal administrations of Valdagno and Recoaro Terme in collaboration with the Trento Film Festival, he realised the historical-photographic exhibition The Seasons of Gino Soldà and organised the conference Gino Soldà and his time - A protagonist of alpinism and the history of twentieth century. He also collaborated, with a series of photographs, in the Great encyclopedic dictionary of the Alps and the Great Encyclopedia (12 vols) published by Priuli and Verlucca Editore, in collaboration with the Italian Alpine Club.

In 2008, on invitation of the National Centre of Photography of Padova, he took part in the Steps to northeast exhibition, curated by Italo Zannier and Enrico Gusella. In autumn, at the Foto-Forum Gallery in Bolzano, as part of the activities' program of the Trento Film Festival, he exhibited a series of panoramic photographs of the Adamello-Presanella group presented by the historian of photography Floriano Menapace. The activity at the Kunstraum Cafè Mitterhofer in San Candido (BZ) continues with the exhibition The Limit of Infinity.

In 2009, at the invitation of the Lanterna Magica Gallery in Palermo, he presented the photographic exhibition Mountains behind the house. In October he exhibited at Crepadona Palaca in Belluno as part of the 13th edition of "Beyond the peaks". In October, the photographic volume Telling about Mountains (Priuli and Verlucca Editore) was published.

In 2010 he designed and created the traveling exhibition The snows by Mario Rigoni Stern, divided into three exhibition moments: Film festival / Montagnalibri in Trento, photo-forum gallery in Bolzano, Modern Art Civic Gallery in Valdagno (Vicenza).

In the months of August and September of the same year, the book Telling about Mountains was put on sale together with the Giornale di Vicenza newspaper. Again in August he was present with the exhibition Malga of the Little Dolomites at the Museum of Peasant Civilizations in Vallarsa (Trentino) as part of the festival Between the rocks and the sky.

In the spring of 2011 he made a new journey in the Northwest of the United States, a sort of Grand Tour through landscapes, original cultures (what remains), historical events that created the myth of the Border and determined the rise of the United States to continental power.

In the autumn of 2012 he participated in the group exhibition for the inauguration of the new exhibition space of the Foto-Forum Gallery in Bolzano. In the same period, the exhibition The snows by Mario Rigoni Stern was presented in a new edition at the Stables of Villa Borromeo d'Adda in Arcore (MB).

In 2013, at the multi-purpose facility of the Campogrosso Refuge (Little Dolomites), he presented the exhibition Dear Snow... as part of the cultural project Snow poetry with the participation of the writer Davide Sapienza, the scientist Massimo Pecci, the actress Patricia Zanco and the musician Luca Piovesan.

In 2014, as part of the 20th Lessinia Film Festival dedicated to snow, he exhibited three photographic corpus with comments by Mario Rigoni Stern, Eugenio Turri and Dino Buzzati.

He is reported in the Mountain Photograpy History book by Giuseppe Garimoldi (Priuli and Verlucca Editore, 2007).

Valdagno, January 2015

Adriano Tomba was born in Valdagno (Vicenza) in 1945. In 1982, he began to take photographs on the Little Dolomites of Veneto and Trentino.

In 1989 and 1992 travelled twice across the west of United States of America. The photographs of the research The great stones of the red man were exhibited in Busto Arsizio, Palazzo Cicogna (1992) as part of the Emergencies of Photography & C program; in Mantova, Casa del Mantegna (1993) within the Europe-America program: five centuries of myths and exchanges; in Valdagno, Modern Art Civic Gallery (1995) as part of the initiative Images of the North American border between myth and history; in Ostana / Cuneo on the occasion of the inauguration of the Alpine Culture Superior Institute (ISCA) exhibition space; in Trento, Palazzo Pedrotti - House of the Society of Tridentini Aplinits (1999).

From 1994 to 1998 he collaborated with the School of Alpine Photography directed by prof. Angelo Schwarz, historian and critic of photography and coordinated the activities of Mountain & Photography program for two editions in Fassa Valley. He realised the exhibition New photographs of the Fassa Valley.

Between 1999 and 2004 he made a large photographic survey in Adamello-Presanella on the traces of Julius Payer, Douglas Freshfield and the great 19th century photographers Giovan Battista Unterveger, Vittorio Sella and Giuseppe Garbari.

In 2004, in the New Paths series directed by Bepi Pellegrinon, Mountains' Anatomy was published with an essay by Italo Zannier and a commentary by Bepi De Marzi.

In 2005, as part of the cultural initiatives of the 11th edition of the Lessinia Film Festival, he presented the exhibition Ofra Morando: Malga of the Little Dolomites.

In 2008, on the invitation of the National Photography Centre, he took part in the Steps to northeast exhibition, curated by Enrico Gusella and Italo Zannier. In the autumn, at the Photo-Forum Gallery in Bolzano, he exhibited a series of panoramic photographs of the Adamello-Presanella group presented by the historian of photography in Trentino, Floriano Menapace, then proposed again at the Café Mitterhofer in San Candido (Bolzano).

In 2009 he exhibited at the Lanterna Magica Gallery in Palermo and at Crepadona Palace in Belluno as part of the 13th edition of Beyond the Peaks. In October, within the series published by Priuli and Verlucca dedicated to Italian mountain photographers, the book Telling about Mountains with a commentary by Italo Zandonella Callegher is included.

In 2010 he designed and created the exhibition The snows by Mario Rigoni Stern, which was presented in Trento for the 58th International Film Festival of Mountain Cinema; at the Photo-Forum Gallery in Bolzano and at the Modern Art Civic Gallery in Valdagno (VI).

In the spring of 2011 he made a journey to the Northwest of the United States, a sort of Grand Tour through the landscapes, original cultures (what remains), historical events that created the myth of the Border and determined the rise of the United States to continental power.

In 2014 he exhibited a series of photographs dedicated to snow at Boscochiesanuova (VR) during the 20th Lessinia Film Festival.

He is reported in the Mountain Photograpy History book by Giuseppe Garimoldi (Priuli and Verlucca Editore, 2007)

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