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Paolo Roversi, Natalia, Paris, June 22nd, 2009. Chromogenic Print, Combined Ed. of 1720 1/8 x 15 7/8 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Fahey/Klein Gallery is presenting Intangible Presence, a solo exhibition of works by renowned photographer Paolo Roversi. This exhibition features commanding portraits, nudes, and interior studio still lifes that underscore his deep and direct connection with his subject matter.

Whether nude, or adorned in haute couture, Roversi is able to strip down his subjects to their bare essentials, drawing forth pure abandon, and creating photographs that contain more softness and sensuality than precision and literalness. Roversi’s gift of capturing the intimate and deep presence of his subjects, many of whom he has repeatedly photographed over the years, is underscored with the works on view.

Paolo Roversi is a photographer best known for his striking, intimate portraiture and classical visual language. His photographs occupy a realm between the past and present, resulting in imagery that feels at once progressive and familiar. Paolo has said:

“My photography is more subtraction than addition. I always try to take off things. We all have a sort of mask of expression. You say goodbye, you smile, you are scared. I try to take all these masks away and little by little subtract until you have something pure left. A kind of abandon, a kind of absence. It looks like an absence, but in fact when there is this emptiness I think the interior beauty comes out. This is my technique.”

Roversi’s interest in photography began at an early age during a trip to Spain, prompting him to build a darkroom for printing his black and white photographs. He began his professional career in 1970 with photojournalism assignments, but soon shifted his focus to fashion. After a period assisting Laurence Sackman, Roversi started shooting his own fashion editorials and advertising campaigns, the resulting catalogue of which over the years has made him one of the industry’s preeminent image-makers. In the early 1980s he added large-format Polaroid photography to his practice, a medium that continues to enhance his trademark style.

Roversi is the recipient of numerous awards and his photographs have been featured in a variety of monographs and exhibitions. His work has appeared in Italian Vogue, Vogue UK, Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Interview and i-D. He has created campaigns for Dior, Cerruti, Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Alberta Ferreti.

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Paolo Roversi, Molly, Paris, 2015. Pigment Print, Combined Ed. of 17, 21 x 15 3/4 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Miss Sasha Robertson, Studio 9 rue Paul Fort, Paris, 1985. Dye-Transfer Print, 22 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches, Ed. of 12 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Anna, Paris, 2015. Chromogenic Print, Combined Ed. of 1719 3/4 x 13 7/8 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Kirsten, Paris, 1987. Archival Pigment Print15 1/8 x 11 7/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Roos, Paris, 2017. Archival Pigment Print, 23 1/2 x 17 5/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Anna, Tokyo, 2016Chromogenic Print, 19 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Alexandra, Tokyo, 2016Chromogenic Print, 19 3/4 x 15 1/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Guinevere in a Nina Ricci Haute Couture dress, Paris, 1996Archival Pigment Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Kirsten as Juliet, London, Studio 17, Brook Street, 1988Polaroid, Ed. of 5, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Kirsten, London, 1988Archival Pigment Print, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Kirsten as Juliet nude, London, Studio 17, Brook Street, 1988Polaroid Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 5 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Audrey, Studio 9 rue Paul Fort, Paris, 1996Dye-Transfer Print22 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches, Ed. of 12 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Audrey, Guinevere, Paris, 1996Carbon Print22 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Audrey, Paris, 1996Chromogenic Print, 9 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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 Paolo Roversi, Kate, Paris, 1992. Pigment Print, Combined Ed. of 17, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Natalia, Paris, 2009. Archival Pigment Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Shalom, Paris, 1996. Archival Pigment Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Tatiana, Paris, 1991. Archival Pigment Print9 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

NATALIA

 Paolo Roversi, Natalia, Paris, 2009. Chromogenic Print, 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Milla, Paris, 1998Archival Pigment Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Guinevere, Paris, 1996. Archival Pigment Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Amber, Paris, 1996. Archival Pigment Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Amira, Paris, 1990. Carbon Print, 22 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

Naomi

Paolo Roversi, Naomi, Paris, 1996. Archival Pigment Print, 14 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Naomi, Paris, July 17, 1996. Original Polaroid9 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Naomi, Paris, July 17, 1996. Original Polaroid, 9 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Jeenu, Paris, 2018. Pigment Print, Combined Ed. of 1715 1/4 x 11 7/8 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Kirsten Crying, Paris, Studio 9 rue Paul Fort, 1990. Polaroid Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 5 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Guinevere sitting on table, Paris, 2004. Archival Pigment Print20 1/8 x 15 7/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Natalia, Paris, 2003. Pigment Print, Combined Ed. of 17? 9 1/2 x 13 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Natalia, Paris, 2003. Archival Pigment Print40 x 32 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Audrey, Paris, 2016. Chromogenic Print, Combined Ed. of 17, 23 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Ludmilla, Paris, 1999. Pigment Print, Combined Ed. of 1714 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

Charles

Paolo Roversi, Charles, Paris, 2005. Silver Gelatin Photograph19 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Audrey, Paris, 1998. Archival Pigment Print9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Alexandra, Tokyo, 2016. Silver Gelatin Photograph, Combined Ed. of 1719 1/12 x 15 inches © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Sara, Paris, 2004. Archival Pigment Print19 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Ben, Paris, 2004. Archival Pigment Print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Napoli, Paris, 1998. Archival Pigment Print, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Light, Paris, 2002. Archival Pigment Print, 22 3/8 x 17 5/8 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Paolo Roversi, Door, Paris, 2002. Archival Pigment Print, 19 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches, Ed. of 17 © Paolo Roversi; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.