Streets of Roma

Maybe because it's where I was born and where I spent most of my life, but I never found it too exciting having to do with my own city and its people, in all respects, shooting included.

This project is for me to learn what it is that really catches my eyes when I wander around the city I live in. I imposed myself to start this study, and to keep it open and ongoing, in the hope, one day, my city and I will start getting along together better.

PS: I deliberately kept out of my framing those visual elements that make my city immediately recognisable, because they could interfere with my pictures, thus conveying a message I didn't mean.

Recommended listening:
(Yeasayer - Odd Blood)

Street party

Street Party
Shot in Via dei Fori Imperiali in occasion of the Roman Gay Pride.
Mostly I loved the galls' hairstyle.

Two relaxed guys with graffiti monster creeping in the back.

Creeping Monster
I shot this one while visiting the Museum of Else and Elsewhere, in the suburbs of Rome. I didn't find anything that impressed me much in there. Until I saw this.
PS: the two guys are not part of the exhibition, and neither is the sofa.

Pavement street artist

A Black Comedy
The street artist represents the Ego. His shadow is the ES. The bystander's shadow is the Super-Ego. And the magic box is the artist's right brain creativity container.

Urban Jesus walking down the street

Urban Jesus
I came across this urban Jesus. Don't know why he's carrying his umbrella on a blue sky day. Why is he clenching his fist? Or is he holding something?

Old couple chilling out in a bar

Breakfast Club
Chilling out in a bar.

Garbatella, a peculiar neighbourhood in central Rome

Garbatella Style
This is Garbatella, a peculiar neighborhood in central Rome, originally conceived for workers housing, in the '30s, Now it's a hidden treasure, where time seems to stand still.

Loner girl with a glass of red wine

The Loner
Loner girl behind transparent plastic shield with a glass of red wine and a phone, looking at a stranger snatching a shot.

Focus on glass of a train window.

Focus on Glass
Scratches and layers.

Girl getting into train

Trains & Shadows

Down in an underground station

Underground Station

Homeless with a “Vote Trump” badge.

Trump for Tramps
An overseas American dream.

Woman showing how to make fresh pasta for tagliatelle

Noodles Lesson
"Sorry Sir, no shooting at this time. And no time to have fun. I'm teaching her how to make fresh pasta for tagliatelle. Our way, I mean. And this is a very serious matter." That's what she told me.

Pasolini by Pignon


I came across PPP*, who was carrying a dead himself in his arms.
This is, actually, a (vandalized) work of the great French street art pioneer Ernest Pignon.
*Pier Paolo Pasolini
For those of you that don't know about Pasolini, I strongly suggest to look up.

Room with a view in a reception center for refugees.

A Room with a View
"Welcome to the Grand Hotel, Sir. Enjoy your staying in our room with a view."
Taken in a reception center for refugees.

The altar

The Altar

Window reflection in via dei Condotti

The Planetary Window
Taken in Via dei Condotti, the most fashionable street in Rome.

Rome is full of ups and downs

Roman Alleyways
Did you know Rome is full of ups and downs?
Literally and figuratively.

Whwwl acrobatics in Piazza Navona

The Wheel
Wheel acrobatics in piazza Navona.

Young guy doing skateboarding in Rome.


Old lady behind shop window

The Old Lady. And Me.
Behind and in front of a bar window.

Slow business for the shooting gallery guy

The Shooting Gallery Man
Slow business at the local funfair.

Weird looking man

Mind your tuft, dude...

Street Chess Game

Today I came across PPP*, who was carrying a dead himself in his arms.
This is, actually, a (vandalized) work of the great French street art pioneer Ernest Pignon.
*Pier Paolo Pasolini

KU - Massimo Kunstler Secondary Logo


Selected Works

SW X SWPhotography


Morocco Road TripPhotography

Il Tallone del CavaliereEditorial Design

Derive ApprodiEditorial Design

Streets of RomaPhotography


KeylineBrand Design

Foot LoosePhotography

Clues of AbsencePhotography

Reflecting WindowsPhotography

Massimo Künstler
Art Direction + Photography

© 2019 Massimo Künstler

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