“Almost Real” by Francesco Sembolini

Almost Real” is the debut book of the Italian street photographer Francesco Sembolini, with an introduction by Richard Bram. 161 colourful images represent the three dimensions of reality with intense graphic awareness.

500 limited-edition copies autographed by Francesco Sembolini:

  • 470 White Editions: Available
  • 30 Black Editions: Available
Francesco Sembolini White Edition
Francesco Sembolini Black Edition

Product Details / Black edition

Limited Edition Print 1/30

The White and Black Editions differ in one thing and one thing only.

Each Black Edition contains one unique Fine Art Photograph (30×21 cm – printed on Hahnemühle FineArt paper with pigment inks and tested for longevity) that has never been printed for sale before. Available through the purchasing of this book only.

Eyeshot aims to keep every publication limited-edition in quantity and quality.

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Black Edition © Francesco Sembolini

Made in Italy

Fedrigoni Papers / Symbol Tatami

Eyeshot uses only papers from Fedrigoni, an Italian paper mill founded in 1888 in Verona. All Fedrigoni’s papers are FSC® certified, made from pure ECF pulp. Every product is fully biodegradable and recyclable.

Symbol Tatami White 135g/m2 is a thick paper coated on both sides with a Matt finish. Its volume and thickness give it a remarkable textural consistency that makes it ideal for prestigious publications such as Eyeshot’s monographs.


EFC: ELEMENTARY CHLORINE FREE / It’s an environmentally friendly type of paper that has been bleached with products free of elemental chlorine. By replacing it with chlorine dioxide, polluting emissions are reduced by 90%.

FSC® MIX / The Forest Stewardship Council is one of the internationally recognised forestry certification systems, which guarantees the proper management of forests and the traceability of the resulting products.

HEAVY METAL ABSENCE / Paper and packaging are produced in a way that allows them to be reused and recycled. The absence of harmful metals and other substances and materials that are hazardous to human health is guaranteed.

LONG LIFE: ISO 9706 / This certification ensures that paper production recycles more CO2 than it emits, thus reducing the release of CO2 into the atmosphere that causes global warming. In compliance with ISO 9706 standards, the paper we use is acid-free which gives it resistance to light, wear and tear, and durability over time. It can be stored for up to 200 years.

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The Photographer

Francesco Sembolini

Born in 1972, Francesco Semboliniis an Italian street photographer based in Perugia, Italy. He is known for his humorous style. Often the principal subject of the photographs of Francesco Sembolini is colour itself, in planes, in shapes, in sections carefully composed within the photographic rectangle.

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The monograph

“Almost Real”

While created in two dimensions, Sembolini’s images represent the three dimensions of reality with intense graphic awareness. “Almost Real” emphasizes minimal lines illuminated in dark spaces. Even then the colours, though reduced in number, are no less important to the success of the photograph. Sembolini’s pictures look more like paintings than photographs.

© Francesco Sembolini

In details

The photographic journey

Often Sembolini’s images speak to one of the underlying principles of photography itself. While he makes his photographs directly from reality, they are not reality. The careful placement of the objects of life within a rectangle creates a new reality: it becomes fiction, a story.

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The photographer's vision

“I love to build my own reality by apposition of elements, colours, people, creating aesthetic, graphics, humorous and crazy pictures.”

© Francesco Sembolini