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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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Figures Figure 1.1: Luigi Ghirri, Lucerna, 1971, from Fotografie del periodo iniziale (1970–2). 5 Figure 2.1: Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1978, from the series Still Life (1978–81). 42 Figure 3.1: Luigi Ghirri, cover image of the portfolio Paesaggi di cartone (detail), 1975. 50 Figure 6.1: Luigi Ghirri, Padova, 1975, from the series Italia ailati (1971–9). 138 Figure 8.1: Luigi Ghirri, cover image for J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos, Nos 1, 2, 6, Festival Strings Lucerne, cond. Rudolf Baumgartner (RCA Gold Seal, Digital, Eurodisc, 1986). 173 Figure 9.1: Luigi Ghirri, Bologna, 1985, from the series Il profilo delle nuvole (1980–92); titled Bologna, via Stalingrado, in Il profilo delle nuvole (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1989). 194 Figure 10.1: Luigi Ghirri, Pomponesco, 1985, from the series Il profilo delle nuvole (1980–92), in Il profilo delle nuvole (1989). 221 Figure 11.1: Luigi Ghirri, Atelier Morandi, from the series Atelier Morandi (1989–90), in Luigi Ghirri Giorgio Morandi – Il senso delle cose (Reggio Emilia: Diabasis, 2005). 247 All images by Luigi Ghirri, courtesy Eredi Ghirri.

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