The Stonemasons are my family. My grandfather started his stonemasonry business during the second world war and it was continued by my mother, father and brothers. This set of portraits is my first typological series began in 1991.
ln 1992 Sancisi gained a first in Photography from Nottingham Trent University and began her study of typological portraits with her first group, 'Stonemasons'. She gained a distinction in her MA from University of Westminster in 1996 and showed alongside Martin Parr and Nick Waplington at the Château-Musée de Tourrettes sur Loup in the Photography Biennial in Nice, France. In 1997 she had solo exhibitions at Viewpoint Gallery, Salford and the Royal Photographic Society, Bath. She had a series of site-specific commissions in public places at Dorset County Hospital, Heathrow Airport and King's College Hospital and has been published in 'Residual Resemblances: photographs by Gabriella Sancisi', (monograph), 1997, ISBN 0-901952-966 and ‘Airport’, The Photographers’ Gallery, 1997, ISBN 0 907879 50 0. She teaches photography to students from foundation to MA level and from 2008-11 was artist in residence at Middlesex University. Her books range from the personal to the typological.