Italia: 18 flipbooks about Italians in movement.
Photographs by Elliott Erwitt.
de.MO, New York, 2002. 28 pp., per booklet, 28 duotone illustrations per booklet, 4.5x6".
The filmic quality of a series of black-and-white photographs is never more explicit (or fun) than in a well-made flip-book. Subtitled About Italians in Movement, Eliott Erwitt's latest publication is a collection of 18 flib-books which capitalize on the idea of movement as reflected in modern Italian life. Each book measures 4.5 x 6 inches-approximately postcard size-and contains 28 images that narrate the briefest of stories: Lavinia eats her favorite ice cream at Caffé del Carmine in Milan, Valentino takes a call at his office in Rome, Rathe Ettore hears the confessions of a young Carmela, Mr. Lavazza enjoys an afternoon espresso, and President Berlusconi parades around the town. The last book is reserved for Erwitt himself, who shaves his beard in reverse! A light-hearted project, wonderfully presented in a coffee-colored box.
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