Libretto. Photographs by Paolo Roversi. Design by Paolo Roversi and Gerhard Steidl. Editions Stomboli, Paris/Steidl, Gottingen 2000. Unpaged. Octavo (small size). First edition. Wrappers of hand-made paper in protective acetate jacket. Full-page color reproductions on double-page uncut paper. Clamshell slipcase with printed title.
. Libretto is a composition of photographs by Paolo Roversi which combines images of fashion, still life and nudes. As if in a fairy tale, together they form a magic and enchanted world of shade and light, shapes and colours which creates an atmosphere both dreamlike and bewitching. The emotion of a look, the sensuality of a body, the elegance of a movement leads us into the mysterious spheres of beauty.
"Like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, Roversi’s photographs eloquently bridge the spheres of commercial photography and fine art: they are as successful on a magazine’s pages as they are on a gallery or museum’s walls. At the invitation of Elle’s art director Peter Knapp, Roversi moved to Paris in 1972 where he established a reputation as one of fashion’s pre-eminent photographers. In 1980, Roversi began using Polaroid’s instant 8 x 10 film and it soon became his preferred format. As adventurous technically as he is aesthetically, Roversi has made Polaroid, gelatin silver, dye transfer, carbon and pigment prints.
"Paolo Roversi (b. 1947, Ravenna, Italy) has lived and worked in Paris for over 35 years. His work has been the subject of numerous monographs, including Nudi (Editions Stromboli, Paris: 1999), Paolo Roversi: Libretto (Steidl, Göttingen: 2000), and Studio (Steidl, Göttingen and Editions Stromboli, Paris: 2002). Roversi has led advertising campaigns for Cerruti, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, Yves Saint- Laurent, and Valentino, and his work has been published in an international array of print media such as Arena, Harper's Bazaar, I-D, Interview, Marie-Claire, The New York Times Magazine, Italian and British Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue and W."--Pace/MacGill Gallery
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