Luigi Ghirri (1943 – 1992) was an Italian photographer who, beginning in the 1970s, produced pioneering color photographs of landscape and architecture within the milieu of conceptual art. Ghirri’s photographs are presented with a deadpan, often ironic wit and always consider the tenuous balance between people and their surroundings. He worked in series, photographing parks, beaches, and urban scenes of his native Italy, producing modestly sized, meticulously made prints. His use of color has been lauded for its capacity to express “both prescience and nostalgia” in its distinct encapsulation of the first wave of color photography (artist review by Matthew Marks Gallery – the official representative of the Estate of Luigi Ghirri)
“The daily encounter with reality, the fictions, the surrogates, the ambiguous, poetic or alienating aspects, all seem to preclude any way out of the labyrinth, the walls of which are ever more illusory… to the point at which we might merge with them… The meaning that I am trying to render through my work is a verification of how it is still possible to desire and face a path of knowledge, to be able finally to distinguish the precise identity of man, things, life, from the image of man, things, and life.’”
“This work stems from my fascination with the nature of our relationships to the landscape, the sublime, time, and impermanence. Entitled Littoral Drift, a geologic term describing the action of wind-driven waves transporting sand and gravel, the series consists of camera-less cyanotypes made in collaboration with the landscape and the ocean, at the edges of both. The elements that I employ in the process—waves, rain, wind, and sediment—leave physical inscriptions through direct contact with photographic materials.”
“The Other, that I have tried to represent with nobility and a certain closeness, an ‘Other’ that lives more and more in “urban jungles”, an ‘Other’ that I have watched, but who in return watches me as well. who lives in “urban jungles”.
“Animals fascinate me as singular and beautiful beings, which we have to take care of. For several years, I have been photographing them and through my photography, I try to portray them in their beauty, and, in a way, to get closer to them”
Paulette Tavormina’s series ‘Natura Morta’ – a beautiful response in photographic form to the Old Dutch, Spanish, and Italian Masters of the 17th century – Giovanna Garzoni, Francesco de Zurbarán and Adriaen Coorte – as intensely personal interpretations of their timeless, universal stories.
“I have always been attracted to the magic of objects that evoke memories. Being a sentimental person, capturing moments in photography brings me back to past feelings so I can savor them again.”
“My photographs tell stories. The “Figs” express the Sicilian family history. I can imagine they are from my brother’s tree that was a graft from my father’s tree and in turn a graft of my grandfather’s tree. Snails on the branches are from my cousin’s villa in Palermo, next to the abandoned Giuseppe Lampedusa’s villa (author of Il Gattopardo, The Leopard). Lampedusa died in 1957. Snails at his villa look the same as snails at my cousin’s villa.”
Available as a photo book.
Sebastiaan Bremer‘s hand painted dot patterns create an explosion of colours and breathe a new life into these perfectly composed, meticulously painted and coloured flowers. Using already existing photographs and prints from a 1948 book called “Bloemen” (Flowers), he calls for a new perception of the process of ‘re-thinking’ a visual document .