THE SCENOGRAPHER magazine was launched in 2002, the fruit of an idea by a group of Italian and British journalists and academics who had previously collaborated on the publication of a magazine on architecture and film. The decision to publish a periodical celebrating the art of production design was reached following an exclusive interview in London for a feature on the Academy Award-winning film production designer Ken Adam, to whom the pilot issue (number 0) was dedicated. This first issue was officially presented in Rome at Cinecittà film studios.
The American Connection
That same year began a ground-breaking collaboration with the Art Directors Guild and the Set Decorators Society in Los Angeles, for over a period of three years, during which THE SCENOGRAPHER team developed contacts with a great number of American production designers. The magazine was presented for three consecutive years at the Art Directors Guild Awards, for film production designers the awards ceremony that is second only to the Academy Awards.
From 2002 to 2012, the magazine represented a landmark publication worldwide for everyone with an interest in scenography, not least for its wide range of topics covering every aspect of design for entertainment. In a decade of activity over 600 interviews, essays, in-depth features and monographic issues were published. Countless contributions from film production designers in the USA added to its contents, among whom: Alex McDowell, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Michael Corenblith, Scott Chambliss, Bo Welch, Stuart Craig, Tom Walsh, Jeannine Oppewall, Grant Major, Patrick Tatopoulos…
A new collection of monographs launched
In 2012, THE SCENOGRAPHER launched a new collection of monographic issues on theatre design. The famed German theatre director, Henning Brockhaus was appointed artistic director of this new series of monographs.
Since then, European critics and academics of note have contributed to its contents. Thanks to their expertise THE SCENOGRAPHER continues to be one of the leading journals on stage design in Europe. The magazine has always been characterized by its elegant graphics and layout, an accurate selection of stunning images and above all by the quality of its articles penned by leading experts.