Ivan Alexandrovich Von Divantyi was born in the middle of a harsh winter in Moscow. His father, the Count Alexander Von Divantyi was a talented – but poor - Hungarian violinist, and his mother Svetlana Onapova was a dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow. Actually, the young Ivan had the chance to grow in a free and creative environment, which gave him curiosity and love for the unexpected, a feature of his approach to photography.
During his early youth, following his mother on tour in South America, he was kidnapped by the FARC in Bolivia and from that moment he had no further contact with his family. In the adaptation to the difficult life in the Amazon forest, he developed a shy and diffident behaviour, but he learned also to look at the world around himself with different eyes, which remained curious and uncontaminated in the contact with pure nature: it was the only comfort in life as a hostage.
At the age of 18 a team of CIA on a secret mission for the U.S. government made Ivan and the other hostages free, but nobody was waiting for him. Actually, during the years of segregation, his family died, having fallen into dire poverty of post-communist Russia and having lost hope of re-embrace their only son. Von Divantyi learns the sad news only in the U.S., where he decided to stay. He started a sincere friendship with one of the agents who have freed him, Raymond Pedercini – with Italian origins - and then he decided to turn his surname Von Divantyi - too extravagant and difficult to pronounce - in Divanto, easier and with an Italian sound.
He moved to New York with Pedercini, who brought him into contact with Tony Kent, an active fashion photographer in New York at the time. Kent was also the master of Terry Richardson and Divanto had to the chance to share with him the status of assistant for a year.
At that time, New York represented a continuous turmoil: the Studio 54 brightness, the extravagant folies of Art’s and Business’ Last Emperor, Andy Warhol, and the American Vogue new power, who begins his challenge with Europe, using brands like Ralph Lauren, Halston and Diane Von Furstemberg, just to name a few. Divanto’s universe followed all this turmoil so closely: his faithful friend Raymond Pedercini gave him a Leica M4, that Pedercini had received from the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. For Divanto the Leica M4 - in its Black version, now only for collectors - became an artificial extension of his arm, making him discover the ecstasy of moments’ capturing. He had a special way of images capturing , thanks also to his experience in the Amazon Forest, where he learned special techniques of hunting and camouflage. He became a "hunter of moments", thank to his robust Leica.
It is also overwhelmed by the unrestrained lifestyle of those years: constant frequenter of Studio 54, takes their full habits ... and beyond. The frantic desire to live and re-gain the lost years in the Amazone mangroves left him to die of overdose at 33, as Jesus Christ.
Pescara, August '82. During that 1982, among many strange events that mark a year - the international success of films like "Blade Runner" by Ridley Scott, second place in Sanremo for Al Bano and Romina Power with "Felicità", the relegation to the second Italian football series for the A.C. Milan (for the second time in its history) and the death of Grace Kelly in Monaco for a car accident - Ivan Divanto reborn, this time with the official name of Massimiliano Costantini.
Despite the youth between the small Italian province of Pescara and the Marche Region, its being Ivan Divanto emerges strongly behind his artistic research. Also in his second life, he has an alive interest in the environment – especially at night. But Divanto is not only like that.
His being a "hunter of moments" also characterizes his current life: he has a sharp eye to the unusual, the unexpected, the different.
His humility and his desire to learn gave him a different approaches to success stories such as "Teenage From Mars", "Lomoteque" and to the factory "Typografia," in which he is an active part.
Currently, he continues his search for moments to capture, this time in digital memory. Despite changes in technology and society, Divanto continues its hunt every day in the underground jungle of its daily experience, so ... Watch out!
Photos of divanto (2)
- Poema por imagens Poème d'images Poem by images Poema de imág 90,005 photos, 2,251 members
- //Empty 1,532 photos, 672 members
- Moral Magazine 795 photos, 230 members
- VOIGHT-KAMPFF 1,413 photos, 592 members
- Bloodwars Magazine 25,346 photos, 1,178 members
- The portal portal 2,608 photos, 253 members
- Mossless 10,494 photos, 3,637 members
- INK MAGAZINE 38,706 photos, 1,302 members
- Ion Magazine Photo Gallery 18,370 photos, 432 members
- TATE ETC. 2,670 photos, 180 members
- Thisisfed Blog 1,545 photos, 81 members
- Art Sponge (submissions) 45,257 photos, 1,966 members
- INVASIVA MAGAZINE 9,836 photos, 840 members
- FINE Magazine - Photographer Search 95,563 photos, 2,302 members
- Oh, Snap! General Submissions 20,272 photos, 659 members
- Traum Noir 22,039 photos, 1,225 members
- LIP STICKS 3,686 photos, 452 members
- 0_100 19,002 photos, 584 members
- DUST & DESSERT ⋈ 36,876 photos, 1,784 members
- FAQMAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS 76,929 photos, 2,241 members
- Hamburger Eyes 22,502 photos, 903 members
- Jamais vu 1,623 photos, 111 members
- MANYSTUFF 18,918 photos, 1,430 members
- molokoplus 17,782 photos, 947 members
- We Find Wildness - Group Pool 5,503 photos, 253 members
- Wooster Collective 619,978 photos, 7,001 members
- unurth pool 115,400 photos, 997 members
- Booooooom.com! 381,963 photos, 18,593 members
- DATA Gallery 8,038 photos, 301 members
- IMAG - Magazine of photography, image, graphic, art. 62,932 photos, 2,282 members
- HUH. Submissions 385,546 photos, 11,610 members
- zogbooks 5,117 photos, 419 members
- Stolen Ground 7,932 photos, 1,904 members
- A piece of life 11,082 photos, 467 members
- Signatures Magazine - RIT 3,941 photos, 109 members
- Vice UK Student Photo Channel 754 photos, 1,224 members
- asapmag.tumblr.com 13,264 photos, 1,274 members
- arranged still life 591 photos, 77 members
- Demand & Supply 892 photos, 39 members
- Flash! 149 photos, 30 members
- If You Leave Showcase Pool - 2016/17 13,429 photos, 5,508 members
- we are drifters 932 photos, 351 members
- Hard Workers Club 2,616 photos, 926 members
- Architecture / Atmospheres 2,617 photos, 867 members
- PhotoDonuts 96,550 photos, 3,347 members
- timorous beasties 2,845 photos, 362 members
- Frizzifrizzi 111,633 photos, 3,419 members
- The Unofficial JPG Magazine Group 333,850 photos, 22,112 members
- Vice AU NZ Photoclub 362 photos, 285 members
- Vice AR 12,771 photos, 484 members
divanto doesn't have any testimonials yet.
- ivan divanto
- September 2009
- I am:
- photo maker
- divanto62 [at] yahoo.it