Eyeshot Book

Francesco Sembolini’s “Almost Real”


“Almost Real”is the debut book of the Italian street photographer Francesco Sembolini, with an introduction by Richard Bram. The 160 colourful images represent the three dimensions of reality with an intense graphic awareness.

Sembolini’s images often blur the line between reality and fiction, reminding us of one of the fundamental principles of photography. Though his photographs are taken directly from real life, they are not a mere representation of reality. Instead, his careful placement of the elements of everyday life within the frame, transforms them into a new reality that is at both familiar and surreal.

“Almost Real” comes in two different limited-editions: White Edition and Black Edition. The Black Edition features one unique Fine Art Photograph (30×20 cm) that has never been printed for sales before, and exclusively available through the purchasing of the book only.

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.

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. Despite the reduced number of colors, each one remains just as crucial to the success of the photograph. Sembolini’s selection and color arrangement transforms an ordinary scene into a work of art, inviting the viewer to see the world in a new and unexpected way.

Designed and Made in Italy

Fedrigoni Papers

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.

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

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