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Claude Nori - Luigi Ghirri l’amico infinito

Claude Nori - Luigi Ghirri l’amico infinito

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Luigi Ghirri has often said that "photography is first and foremost a way of thinking about photography", but in fact he never stopped "thinking in images". His work in series and sequences, his books conceived as a poetic sequence, always leave room for emotion. Geometrician, conceptual artist, photographer, theorist, publisher, exhibition organiser, he transformed Italian photography and made it known in his own country and abroad. He was a friend of many intellectuals, architects, historians, musicians and thinkers who lived near him in Modena, where intense artistic activity reigned.

Claude Nori, his friend since 1973 until his death in 1992, published all his books in France. Here he paints a vivid, intimate, free and very moving portrait of this great photographer through their travels, their jaunts along the back roads of the Po Valley, their exchanges on technique and prints, their discussions on neo-realist cinema, the main currents of thought and works that left their mark on photography. Divided into chapters that are like little anecdotes of shared moments, the book recreates the atmosphere of those years of rupture and renewal, enabling us to understand Ghirri's thinking and his work: the conception of the book Kodachrome, the visit to the Morandi studio, Versailles, the symposium at the Sorbonne in 1985, Bob Dylan, Lucio Dalla, Walker Evans... This portrait, which is the opposite of all the theoretical clichés, reveals a funny, moving Luigi Ghirri, who seemed to have found "an extraordinary balance between the malaise of existence and the well-being of the gaze".

The book is complemented by interviews and contributions from Jean-Claude Lemagny and Michel Nuridsany, texts by Luigi Ghirri and previously unpublished souvenir photos by Claude Nori. A selection of Luigi Ghirri's photographs accompanies this essay, providing a critical overview of his work.

February 2019
17 x 23 cm
180 pages
ISBN 979-10-90294-34-9

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