Written by Michael-Oliver Harding, CNN
Artist studios have long been mythologized as a hallowed private space, where artists are swept up in the frenzy of creation or host fabled meetings of the minds.
Renaissance giant Leonardo da Vinci kept his studio small to discipline his mind and avoid distractions. Andy Warhol made his Factory into a socialite-packed party, reinventing the studio as a hub for experimentation. But there have been tragic associations, too: Abstract Expressionist pioneer Mark Rothko ended his life in his cavernous atelier.
Whatever the circumstances may be, artist studios are alluring in their seclusion. “Since their earliest days, artist studios have been defined by their isolation from the outside world,” photographer Marco Anelli said from his apartment in New York City. “And us photographers love to capture things others can’t access.”