In 1978 Luigi Ghirri self-published his first book, an avant-garde manifesto for the medium of photography and a landmark in his own remarkable oeuvre. This new edition of Kodachrome (2012) by MACK is published as a facsimile of the original, adopting the original design, text layout and image sequence, but using new image files scanned from Ghirri’s original film to take advantage of modern technology and printing methods.
MODENA, 1974, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
|HERGISWILL, 1971, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
|ILE ROUSSE, 1976, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
|BASTIA, 1976, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
|MARINA DI RAVENNA, 1972, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
|LIDO DI SPINA, 1974, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
|BOLOGNA, 1974, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
|VERSAILLES, 1977, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
|SCANDIANO, 1971, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI|
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 meaning that I try to give to my work is that of the verification of how it is still possible to wish to face the way of knowledge, to make it possible at last to tell the real identity of man, of things, of life, from the image of man, of things, of life.- Luigi Ghirri -
Born in Scandiano in 1943, 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.