Vatican Monk


Original 1/1

Personally signed and dated in graphite pencil verso by the photographer.

Artists embossed stamp sealed on bottom right of the print.

Original negative cut diagonally in two pieces. One half given with the once off print.


Never before hand printed.

In October of 2005, photographer, Matthew Willman left South Africa and travelled to Rome to capture on film an image he had held in his mind for 20 years, a catholic clergyman walking across St Peters Square in the Vatican.

Over a period of two weeks Willman waited patiently, sitting each day between the towering colonnades watching for the right moment.

On the second to last day the heavens opened with a deluge of torrential rain over the Vatican. As the throngs of tourists scrambled for shelter, a lonely figure began walking steadfastly across the square. The three knots symbolizing the three vows each Franciscan monk makes flashed along the side of his vestments. Watching the monk stride past, Willman raised his camera and captured the fleeting moment forever.

First exhibited in South Africa in 2006 as a scanned digital print, the original negative was archived until in 2023 it was hand printed over 2 days by the photographer in his private darkroom.

Vatican Monk

Photographed October 2005

The original silver gelatin hand print 1/1 + AP

Silver Gelatin Print (Fibre base)

Photographed Oct 2005 (Vatican, Rome)

Print Size: 18’ x 12’ inch (44cm x 32cm)

Paper size: 18’ x 23’ inch (58cm x 46cm)

Printed full frame, original borders


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