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"Luigi Ghirri: Photographs 1969-1992"
2001-09-01 until 2001-10-28
During his short life, Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) had a determining influence and impact on
Italian photography. His photographs portray the Italian landscape with an honest,
everyday truthfulness that is devoid of idealistic romanticism. Apart from his
commissioned work, his oeuvre is divided into two different areas.
On the one hand, the
Emilian photographer's contact with the Modena art scene made him something of a
conceptionalist who saw and captured simple everyday objects - garage doors, shop
windows, advertisement boards, people waiting, lovers, a pair of shoes, two hats - in a
new and surprising light that grasps and explores the essence of seeing in multiple tiny
structures. On the other, his interiors, photographs of gardens and the fusion of
architecture and landscape reveal him as a searcher for essentials, for an ontology of
He reflected on the change of meaning when the world of symbols
penetrates the physical world, at the same time referring to a third version far beyond.
To the photographer and thinker Luigi Ghirri, photography was more than a mere
chronometer of seeing. It was a means of expression that provides scope for an
endless multitude of imaginary worlds. He left a rich visual inheritance that is shown
here for the first time in such a comprehensive form. The exhibition was prepared by
the Palazzo Magnani and the Biblioteca Panizzi in Reggio Emilia and organised by the
Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Patrimoine photographique, Paris, and the Museu nacional
d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.
C-Print, 60 x 80 cm
Biblioteca Panizzi, Reggio Emilia,
Archive Estate Luigi Ghirri