R. L. Wilson first visited Brescia, Italy, near the site of Beretta's Gardone, Val Trompia, factory, in 1960, following a Carleton College foreign study internship at the Royal Armouries, H.M. Tower of London. Since then, he has visited Gar-done over ninety times.
He resides in Hadlyme, Connecticut, and commutes to a pied-à-terre in the Italian section of San Francisco, where books like this one are written over months of uninterrupted concentration, and following years of detailed research and product testing.
Peter Beard is widely known in Europe and the United States, where retrospectives of his photography and art have been held in Milan, Paris, Berlin, New York (The Time Is Always Now Gallery), and Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Vogue, Life, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He is the author of The End of the Game, Eyelids of Morning, Longing for Darkness, and Zara's Tales from Africa. This is his fifth book with R. L. Wilson.
Mauro Pezzotta has photographed numerous spreads for Beretta over the years, and resides in Lonato, Brescia, Italy. His photography has appeared in several magazines and in several books, including Brescia. He concentrates on the subjects of Italian guns, architecture, fashion, food, and wine.