It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It...
Photographs by Luigi Ghirri. Text by Germano Celant. Preface by William Eggleston. Notes by Paola Ghirri.
Aperture, New York, 2008. 152 pp., 95 color and 30 b&w illustrations, 11x8½".
Luigi Ghirri was an extraordinary photographer, as well as a writer and
curator whose career was so rich and varied that it seems like a lesson
in the contemporary history of the medium. Although well known in
his native Italy, Ghirri does not yet have the international audience his
work merits—perhaps because he died so young. It’s Beautiful Here,
Isn’t It...—the first book published on Ghirri in the U.S.—will establish
him as the seminal artist he was. Uncannily prescient, Ghirri shared the
sensibility of what became known in the U.S. as the New Color and the
New Topographics movements before they had even been named. Like
his counterparts in Italian cinema, Ghirri believed that the local and the
universal were inseparable and that life’s polarities—love and hate,
present and past—were equally compelling. Not surprisingly, his interests
encompassed all the arts: he worked in Giorgio Morandi’s studio
and with architect Aldo Rossi, while influencing a generation of photographers,
including Olivo Barbieri and Martin Parr. This dynamic new
book includes a selection of Ghirri’s essays published in English for the
first time, as well as a selected chronology.
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