Steps Off the Beaten Path.
Photographs of Rome
and Its Environs.
Edited by W. Bruce Lundberg,
John Pinto. Text by Marina
Miraglia, Maria Francesca Bonetti,
Allan Ceen, Sarah Greenough.
Charta, Milan, 2008. 216 pp., 87 color illustrations, 9½x11¼".
By 1860, photography in Rome was
undergoing dramatic change. The
level of detail made possible by new
glass wet plate and albumen techniques
to take a documentary approach,
focusing on architectural fragments,
transitional spaces like stairways,
even citizens going blurrily about
their daily business—in short, on
everything but the city’s oft-photographed
basilicas and ruins. The
candid, frequently off-balance
images collected in this unique volume,
by photographers such as
Vincento Carlo, Domenico
Baldessare Simelli, Eugène Gustave
Chauffourier, A. de Bonis and
Edmond Lebel, anticipate both
street photography and postmodern
These photographers have only
recently begun to emerge from
obscurity and remain poorly documented.
Indeed, many of their
images have never been exhibited.
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