FORMA was born in 2005 as an offshoot of Contrasto, a publisher specialising in photography. Its first five years have led to the creation of the FORMA Foundation for Photography, the home of photography in Italy.
From education to the organization of exhibitions in Italy and elsewhere, Forma has focused on the distribution and promotion of all aspects of the photographic medium. Over the past year it has expanded its mission to include the management of the archives of great Italian masters, starting with those of Gianni Berengo Gardin and Piergiorgio Branzi. In 2015, the year devoted to Expo, FORMA opened a versatile new space in the heart of Milan devoted to photography and new media: Forma Meravigli.