Luigi Ghirri: It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It...

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Luigi Ghirri was an extraordinary photographer, as well as a writer and curator whose career was so rich and varied that it seems like a lesson in the contemporary history of the medium. Although well known in his native Italy, Ghirri does not yet have the international audience his work merits--perhaps because he died so young. It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It...--the first book published on Ghirri in the U.S.--will establish him as the seminal artist he was. Uncannily prescient, Ghirri shared the sensibility of ...
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Overview

Luigi Ghirri was an extraordinary photographer, as well as a writer and curator whose career was so rich and varied that it seems like a lesson in the contemporary history of the medium. Although well known in his native Italy, Ghirri does not yet have the international audience his work merits--perhaps because he died so young. It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It...--the first book published on Ghirri in the U.S.--will establish him as the seminal artist he was. Uncannily prescient, Ghirri shared the sensibility of what became known in the U.S. as the New Color and the New Topographics movements before they had even been named. Like his counterparts in Italian cinema, Ghirri believed that the local and the universal were inseparable and that life's polarities--love and hate, present and past--were equally compelling. Not surprisingly, his interests encompassed all the arts: he worked in Giorgio Morandi's studio and with architect Aldo Rossi, while influencing a generation of photographers, including Olivo Barbieri and Martin Parr. This dynamic new book includes a selection of Ghirri's essays published in English for the first time, as well as a selected chronology.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781597110587
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 6/8/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) was born in Scandiano, Italy. He studied and worked in Modena. Ghirri exhibited throughout Europe, with solo shows in Geneva, Amsterdam, Arles and Cologne, as well as at the Light Gallery, New York. His photographs are in numerous collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

"William Eggleston was born in 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He took his first black-and-white photographs at age 18 and soon became serious about photography, though he never studied it formally. His first color work was shot in 1964 in color negative film, but in the late 60s he began to use color slides; it was some of those slides that he brought with him to New York in 1967, when he met Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and John Szarkowski. It was Szarkowski who curated Eggleston's landmark 1976 solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York--a breakthrough in the perception of color photography as a serious form of fine art. The recipient of the 1998 Hasselblad Award, Eggleston's work was most recently seen in Documenta11 and in a major retrospective at the Fondation Cartier in Paris."

Germano Celant is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Museum. He has published extensively on Robert Mapplethorpe and the rich art historical past referenced in the photographeris work.

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Table of Contents

Some Thoughts on Luigi Ghirri: Preface William Eggleston Eggleston, William 9

Luigi Ghirri and the Indefinable: Essay Germano Celant Celant, Germano 12

Plates 20

An Infinite Encounter: Notes Paola Ghirri Ghirri, Paola 108

Selected Writings by Luigi Ghirri

Kodachrome: Introduction 111

Landscapes Without a Frame: Beyond the Yellow House 112

Endless Worlds: On William Eggleston 114

The Open Work 117

The World Caressed by Walker Evans 120

Italy by Night 122

There is Nothing Old Under the Sun (I) 122

For an Idea of Landscape 123

The Clouds in the Sky of Pat Garrett's Life 124

For Aldo Rossi 124

There Is Nothing Old Under the Sun (I) 127

Italian Landscape 128

Like a Song of the Earth 129

The Impossible Landscape 131

Chronology Elena Re Re, Elena 132

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