Guido Guidi: Varianti (Variations). Design by Guidi & Giorgio Camfto. Art and Udine, 1995. First edition, first printing. Stiff wrappers in printed jacket. 47 color, 45 black-and-white and 6 sepia reproductions. |
"..."an Italian version of Walker Evans' American Photographs, functioning as a mid career monograph [for one of Italy's leading contemporary photographers], yet revealing a particular sensibility, with regard to bothy photography and the culture that the work investigates....Sardonic, sad, bitter, angry--Guidi's book is compiled with great intelligence and verve. It is one of the bleakest books in the New European photography canon, yet despite its tone of unremitting gloom, Guidi's southern Italian passion is a healthy antidote to the chilly objectivity of the Dusseldorf Tendency and other northern schools"--Parr & Badger
"Varianti is a project book conceived entirely by the author, both as regards the choice of images and the text. Guido Guidi, one of the most sophisticated and elegant contemporary Italian photographers, visualized this book as a sequence of images unfolding with the natural rhythm of pure, intimate narration, like the simple story told by an album of photographs. All images dated from 1969 to 1994 are reproduced to their original scale in their entirety as light objects, resting on the page with their marks that manipulation and the passage of time have left upon them. Guidi's world is a little awe-struck and a little uncertain about what is going to happen next. It is full of everyday landscapes, figures, faces of adults and children, trees, skies, streets, houses and factories as well as little ironies, imaginings and recollections. Varianti is an acute mental and poetic project that subtly criticizes and questions. Perhaps Varianti is an anti-book telling us that the most authentic narrative is that which comes closest to the things we actually say in our daily lives, or to the things that we do not say."
Fine-; some rubbing to jacket and very slight edge wear.