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Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of Place

Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Edited By Marina Spunta and Jacopo Benci

The photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943–1992) was one of the most significant Italian artists of the late twentieth century. This volume – the first scholarly book-length publication on Ghirri to appear in English – introduces his photographic and critical work to a broader audience and positions Ghirri as a key voice within global artistic debates. It breaks new ground by approaching Ghirri’s œuvre from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives, in order to take account of the breadth of his interests, the variety of his projects and the far-reaching impact of his work as a practitioner, writer, theorist and curator, both in the field of photography and beyond. Drawing on different approaches from disciplines including art history, theory of photography, literary and cultural studies, architecture, cartography, and place and landscape studies, the essays in the volume show how Ghirri redefined contemporary photography and helped shape the «spatial» or «landscape» turn in Italy and further afield.


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image: Luigi Ghirri, Boretto, 1989. Courtesy Eredi Ghirri. All images by Luigi Ghirri, courtesy Eredi Ghirri. Cover design by Peter Lang Ltd. ISSN 1662-9108 ISBN 978-3-0343-2226-3 (print) • ISBN 978-1-78707-470-5 (ePDF) ISBN 978-1-78707-471-2 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-78707-472-9 (mobi) © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2017 Wabernstrasse 40, CH-3007 Bern, Switzerland,, All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This publication has been peer reviewed. Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National bibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Spunta, Marina, 1968- editor. | Benci, Jacopo, editor. Title: Luigi Ghirri and the photography of place : interdisciplinary perspectives / Marina Spunta and Jacopo Benci (eds). Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2017. | Series: Italian modernities ; 27 | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016044366 | ISBN 9783034322263 (alk. paper) Subjects: LCSH: Landscape photography. | Photography, Artistic. | Ghirri, Luigi, 1943-1992--Aesthetics. Classification: LCC TR660 .L85 2016 | DDC 770.92--dc23 LC record available at

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