(Alessandria 1892 – Milan 1940)
Castagneri entered the art world while studying at the Fine Arts Academy in Turin. Ever since he was a child, he worked as an assistant in various photo studios, until, in 1915, he opened his own portrait studio on Corso Garibaldi in Milan. His involvement with the art world in Lombardy allowed him to meet late “Scapigliatura” artists and, afterwards, futurists. In this phase of his career, Castagneri befriended Marinetti and Depero, of whom he took many portraits that today are famous. He also tried his hand with avant-garde techniques, like photomontage and overlapping. His career reached its peak in the 1920s. Castagneri became the official photographer of La Scala theatre in Milan. In 1929, he definitively left photography to passionately devote himself to restoring ancient paintings.