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The Complete Essays 1973-1991

@ Ghirri, Luigi



Publisher's presentation:

"Luigi Ghirri (1943–1992) started writing about photography from the moment he became a photographer: for his own publications, for Italian magazines and newspapers, as well as private reflections committed to paper, where his thoughts would settle and then often depart in new directions.

Published for the first time in English, The Complete Essays 1973–1991 comprises sixty-eight texts in which Ghirri explores the same subjects at the core of his photographs – the themes of identity, time, memory, vision, representation, and sense of place.

As a voracious reader with a particular taste for the eclectic, Ghirri also reaches outwards from his own practice to explore the history of photography as he considers the work of Walker Evans, William Eggleston, Robert Adams and John Gossage, weaving in references to musicians, writers and painters alike.

As themes and ideas overlap, the compilation of texts create a sort of dialectic chamber of curiosities that includes Gulliver, Van Gogh’s yellow house, Cézanne, Morandi’s studio, Mallarmé, the fireworks above Trani Cathedral, neo-realist films, lots of music, Francis Bacon, McLuhan’s global village, Pessoa, poetry.

Together, the essays offer an unintentional yet comprehensive treatise on the history and theory of photography, and above all, they constitute a special form of autobiography."

The book includes 50 color plates.

240 pages - Softcover

Mack, 2016

Format : 14 x 22.8 cm

New - Mint condition

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Ghirri, Luigi

Luigi Ghirri was an Italian photographer, deceased prematurely at the age of 49 in 1992. A self-taught photographer, he mostly worked in the public space and documented the Italy of the 1970s & 1980s, in color. Many of the books published during his lifetime, including the first one "Kodachrome" (1978) -and all the ones in the French language- were published by Contrejour, a publishing house created and managed by his long-time friend and photographer Claude Nori. Claude Nori published a tribute photobook to his friend titled "Luigi Ghirri l'amico infinito" in 2019. MACK are-published "Kodachrome" in 2012, then published several other photobooks of the works of Ghirri, including "The Map and the Territory" / "Cartes et Territoires" for an exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris (2018), "Per Strada" (2018), "Colazione sull'Erba" (2019), "Puglia, tra albe et tramonti" (2022), and a book of texts; "The Complete Essays 1973–1991" (2016). © Portrait by Claude Nori, in the book "Ghirri, l'amico infinito"
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