Swimming Pools. Photographs by Massimo Vitali. Designed by Gerhard Steidl. Sunparks Art Project II, 2001. Unpaged. Numbered edition of 500 copies. SIGNED on title page. Large oblong quarto. Hardbound in dust jacket. Color reproductions. Cardboard slipcase with printed label. Laid in is a letter from the Sunparks Resorts president announcing the project.
The fifth in a series of contemporary art projects commissioned by Sunparks Resorts, 'the number one holiday destination in Belgium...[operating] four "all-weather" holiday villages with a total lodging capacity of 12,000 beds."
From the always excellent blog, 1000 Words:
"Within his huge panoramas, masses of people crammed into public spaces have been frozen in time as they try to relax, play or pursue other idle leisure activities. What is truly remarkable about these images is not only the tremendous sense of scale or peculiar use of perspective, but moreover the way in which the camera´s crisp clarity renders crowds of tourists with such exacting detail that every person is like a single candid portrait. Viewing these mural size prints, our eyes move in and shift from one figure to the next, prowling photographs that bustles with life and action, their visual volume almost overwhelming. There is so much happening here, yet at the same time nothing is really going on at all; perhaps this is what is most captivating about Massimo Vitali´s work. The hundreds of mini stories being played out in the images arouse our curiosity; our minds have to inhabit the place with our own imagined narratives in an attempt to explain these random little moments. In the tradition typical of the gifted photographer, Massimo Vitali is able to capture scenes banal enough for us all to recognise while imparting his oblique vision through the very special qualities of his photographic imagery."
Fine+ in Fine dust jacket (faint scuff front panel of jacket); discoloration to one edge of case.