Luigi Ghirri

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In 1978 Luigi Ghirri self-published his first book, “Kodachrome”, an avant-garde manifesto for the medium of photography and a landmark in his own remarkable oeuvre.

This is a very rare copy of the first edition of “Kodachrome”, published by Contrejour, Paris in 1978. Although the book notes ‘2em edition pour la France’, in reality this is the first French edition, published alongside the first Italian edition (by Punto e Virgolaone) in 1978, and is not a reprint of it. In 2012 Mack Books in London re-printed the book for the first time since these original, highly collectable editions were available.

‘Ghirri fights to maintain our ability to see. His works are powerful devices for the re-education of the gaze. They alter the perception we have of the world without proposing a single path to follow, rather they provide us with the tools we need to find the one we’re looking for.’ – Francesco Zanot

‘His photographs are like passport photos of the real’ – Roland Barthes.

Part amateur photo-album, Ghirri presents his surroundings in tightly cropped images, making photographs of photographs and recording the Italian landscape through it’s adverts, postcards, potted plants, walls, windows, and people. His work is deadpan, reflecting a dry wit, and is a continuous engagement with the subject of reality and of landscape as a snapshot of our interaction with the world.

‘The daily encounter with reality, the fictions, the surrogates, the ambiguous, poetic or alienating aspects, all seem to preclude any way out of the labyrinth, the walls of which are ever more illusory… to the point at which we might merge with them… The meaning that I am trying to render through my work is a verification of how it is still possible to desire and face a path of knowledge, to be able finally to distinguish the precise identity of man, things, life, from the image of man, things, and life.’ – Luigi Ghirri

Born in Scandiano in 1942, Luigi Ghirri spent his working life in the Emilia Romagna region, where he produced one of the most open and layered bodies of work in the history of photography. He was published and exhibited extensively both in Italy and internationally and was at the height of his career at the time of his death in 1992.

A masterpiece of colour photography!

Introduction by Piero Berengo Gardin.
Foreword and photos by Luigi Ghirri.

All texts in French and English.

* Condition: Good-Very Good (common age yellowing to cover, small wear and rubbing to spine, edges and corners, overall good with tight, bright, clean pages throughout in very good condition) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Luigi Ghirri - Kodachrome (1978)
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