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Gail Skoff, photographer

Gail has been collaborating with Materially Speaking since early 2022 when Sarah Monk and she met. They discovered a shared passion for the community of artists and artisans in Carrara and Pietrasanta. 

Gail Skoff is a native Californian and has been photographing since her teens. Her early work included black and white landscape photographs which she hand-coloured with oil paints - a technique she used for almost 30 years. 

Gail Skoff

Gail was drawn to photograph the quarries of Carrara because of her interest in landscapes of vast empty spaces. She fell in love with the area in 2017 and soon became fascinated by the artists working the marble of the area and watching them work with their tools. 

Sometimes she uses a photographic collage technique in order to enter into and elaborate on an artist’s process, creating more of an impression of the artist's work rather than its ultimate reality.

figure standing in ocean holding sculpture above head

Anne Claire van den Elshout, photo by Gail Skoff

Flavia Robalo, photo by Gail Skoff

Gail’s work is included in many collections including The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. She continues to teach and splits her time between Berkeley, California and Pietrasanta.

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