Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town

Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town


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Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town by Douglas Gayeton, Alice Waters, Carlo Petrini

SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town is an unprecedented photographic personal journey into the heart of hidden Tuscany that celebrates the principles that define the Slow Food movement and pays tribute to the region’s kaleidoscope of vibrant characters, whose shared culture revolves around the everyday pleasure of growing, preparing, and eating food.

With an anecdotal charm reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, Douglas Gayeton’s interplay of pictures and words conveys a thrilling narrative that transports you halfway around the globe to the charming town of Pistoia, nestled in the outskirts of Florence. There we meet the mushroom hunters and sheep farmers, the winemakers and fishermen, the bakers, butchers and chocolate makers whose lives are profoundly bound to the rhythms of nature. It is a riveting story told in a riveting way: each image comprised of multiple photographs taken over a period of time that can range anywhere from ten minutes to several hours, and layered with Gayeton’s handwritten notes, recipes, facts, and sayings. With this process, Gayeton has managed to introduce the concept of story and time; both compressed and exploded, into his portraits. The result is a photographic approach critics have dubbed flat film; the effect is exhilarating.

As Gayeton observes, “What my eyes saw was always grander than any lens could capture…How could I introduce the presence of time, of an emerging and evolving story comprised of not one, but many moments, into a single photograph?” In the accompanying text, Gayeton offers an absorbing first person account of his immersion into rural Italian culture, offering an intimacy that draws us deeper into this romantic and rustic world. A photographer, a pioneering new media creator, a wonderful writer and an award winning documentarian, Gayeton is passionately interested in food, culture, art, and people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599620725
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 13.40(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Douglas Gayeton is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer. His images are held in a number of influential museum and private collections around the world, and have been featured in numerous print and online media, such as
Time Magazine. Since the early 90s he has created award-winning work at the boundaries of traditional and converging media for AOL, MSN, MTV, Yahoo, Fox, Napster, Vivendi, Sony, Viacom, Sega, Intel, National Geographic, PBS, Warner Bros, Columbia, and Virgin Records. Recent projects include LOST IN ITALY, a 26 episode interstitial TV series Gayeton created, directed, and shot for Fine Living, and A SECOND LIFE ODYSSEY for HBO, the first documentary shot inside a virtual world. Gayeton lectures frequently on art, technology and sustainability.

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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I will be honest. Before I began this book, I was pretty sure I would not like it. At some point, I had added it to my list, and I thought that maybe I would give it three stars if I even finished it. I have to say that I was wrong! Yes, the pictures were fantastic, but I was so engaged in the story that I hated to put it down. It was a bulky book to carry with me, but I learned so much that it was worth it! I was enthralled by the author's descriptions of a part of this world that I thought no longer existed. I found myself talking about this book on countless occasions and having random thoughts and memories about it at various times. This book is much more than pictures. It is a portrait of life through multimedia that truly encapsulates a people and a life that should inspire us to consider our own rat race existence.
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CiaoMarisa More than 1 year ago
Lovely journal of the photographer's encounters with weather beaten characters/contadini who maintain precious and ever precarious connections to Italy's agrarian roots. I found the handwritten notes and scribbles over the photos often difficult to read (white print over seppia photos) and distracting from seeing/appreciating the photos. While I loved reading his thoughts about the people and the scene, I wish there was a way to do this a little more subtlely. When there was regular print off to the side of the photographs, it was usually repeated (unnecessarily) in handwritten script again on the photo. I think you need to have some basic understanding of Italian as a small portion of text is not translated. This is a book for people who have spent some time in the Italian countryside, have family connections to the contadini, or are food centric folks.