October 15, 2012

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Photography by Mark David Boberick
Florence and Pitti Immagine Fragranze 2012
Santa Maria del Fiore as seen from the Tower of the Palazzo Vecchio.
The gates aren't open yet, but fragrance lovers are braced in anticipation in front of the Stazione Leopolda for Day 1 of Pitti Immagine Fragranze 2012.
Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and Editor-in-Chief Raphaella Barkley
Atelier Flou
Boboli Gardens as seen from the Tower of the Palazzo Vecchio
Managing Editor Mark David Boberick and Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour
Lisa Bonfatti, Marketing and Communications Manager for Campomarzio 70.
Chandler Burr during his Lecture, "Jean Claude Ellena: A Retrospective."
Audience members captivated by Chandler Burr's lecture.
"Jason Holding the Golden Fleece" by Pietro Francavilla in the Bargello Museum, 1589.
Men's Editor Clayton Ilolahia and Perfumer Olivier Durbano
Olivier Durbano Perfume Collection
Strolling along the Arno River.
Dr. Cristiano Canali at the IFF booth.
"Every Bottle of Perfume Contains a World." Special Exhibition curated by Chandler Burr.
The exquisite Baccarat crystal parfum coffret offered by Grossmith London.
Keiko Mecheri launches her latest fragrance, "Johana."
"Every Bottle of Perfume Contains a World" Special Exhibition curated by Chandler Burr.
Neela Vermeire of Neela Vermeire Creations and Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour.
A moody corner in the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore.
Escentric Molecules table display.
Amanda Brooke, owner of Grossmith London and Editor-in-Chief Raphaella Barkley
Saffron Rose, a brand-new fragrance from Grossmith London.
"The Rape of the Sabine Women," 1589, by Giambologna in the Piazza della Signoria.
Perfumer Olivier Durbano and Paris Correspondent Sarah Colton.
Odeur de Sainte display.
Neela Vermeire of Neela Vermeire Creations and Managing Editor Mark David Boberick.
Perfumer Laura Tonatto.
Facade of the Duomo.
Paris Correspondent Sarah Colton, Perfumer Antoine Lie, and Editor-in-Chief Raphaella Barkley.
Pitti Immagine Fragranze 2012
Ulrich Lang of Ulrich Lang New York, Managing Editor Mark David Boberick, and Pierre Benard of Payan Bertrand.
Piazza Santa Croce in late afternoon.
Brand-new from Xerjoff: The Oud Attar collection.
Parfums de Nicolai display.
Piazza della Signoria.
The incredible Perfumer Vero Kern of Vero Profumo and Managing Editor Mark David Boberick. See how relaxed she is? It's because she was the only one smart enough to bring a sofa!
The latest fragrance from Vero Profumo: Mito.
Pitti Immagine Fragranze 2012.
Neela Vermeire gives Paris Correspondent Sarah Colton a special sniff of her brilliant line.
Ulrich Lang of Ulrich Lang New York and Men's Editor Clayton Ilolahia.
Another line from Xerjoff? You bet! Join the Club bridges specific fragrances with exclusive communities of fragrance lovers.
Editor-in-Chief Raphaella Barkley in Fiesole, high above the city of Florence.
Ulrich Lang and Raphaella Barkley.
The display for the latest Amouage fragrance: Interlude.
Olivier Durbano and Raphaella Barkley.
Rosella of L'O Profumo and Raphaella Barkley.
Santal Rouge by Il Profumo.
Another day in Florence comes to a close as the late afternoon sun hits the Medieval Ponte Vecchio.
Raphaella and Mark David in Fiesole.
Calé Fragranze d'Autore
Andy Tauer
Raphaella's Last Night Cafe
Gianluca Bulega
Charlotte Roberts of Fleur de Cafe
There may be no better place to host an exhibition celebrating artistic and niche perfumery than Florence, Italy - the capital of the art world. As I strolled down the cobble-stoned streets of the storied birthplace of the Renaissance, I couldn't help but think how natural it felt to be in Florence specifically for the tenth edition of the spectacular Pitti Immagine Fragranze show. My camera was with me at all times, to capture artistic treasures, both marble and olfactory - and everything in between. I've infused this gallery with the best images from my entire trip: art, architecture, people, places, perfume, perfumers, and a few shameless bottle shots. 

If you ever find yourself in Florence without a camera, well, may God be with you.

Click each image to enlarge. Please enjoy! -MD
The above images are the protected and copyrighted property of Mark David Boberick and The Perfume Magazine, LLC. Reproduction is prohibited, unless express permission has been received. Some images by Raphaella Barkley