Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Books : It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It... By Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri is for sure one of the most influential Italian Photographers, his color vision gave a new idea of Italy and of Photography, "It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It... " is a book which reflect on Italy on the end of the 70s. The Book has a preface by William Eggleston which also influence the color photography as well as Ghirri.
here a note from the book which has been published in 2008:
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. 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".