“In short, people are always my most important source of inspiration, and I love Rome.”
By Marina SPUNTA
Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) is widely recognized in Italy (and, increasingly, abroad) as a leading photographer who since the 1970s gave a new impetus to Italian photography and a new aesthetic identity to everyday places, while contributing to founding an ‘Italian school of (landscape) photography’.
“Photography is an instrument that creates emotions without the barrier of perfection. It is exactly through imperfection that emotions emerge. I started with polaroid, but my search for emotional strength has been going on also in the digital age. To me, photography is a means to devour reality and capture the magic hidden behind it.”
Paola DI BELLO
“The visual expedient is a method to express the overcoming of preconceived visions and to establish a “surprise” visual that produces deeper insight into phenomena. I am interested in showing a second version of reality.
“Photography is an immense, inexhaustible source of ideas, notes, memories – a method to mark time and its passage. It is the sign of the present that leaves traces of itself. In my research, photography is always present as a timely look at the surroundings, thanks to the ability of synthesis in which even a single shot becomes a story.”
Marina Ballo CHARMET
“A sacred subject is the everyday one – the ‘always seen’, ‘the background noise in our minds’. My view is characterized by a perceptual mobility, out of focus and sideways – similar to a childlike vision, which reconstitutes a fluctuating vision, a ‘peripheral awareness’, not centrally related to our preconceptions. A vision opposite to anthropocentrism.”
“I go back to places I know, but they are changing. I know these places, but they are new to me at the same time. So I realized that the horizon is a mental line that I was starting to visualize in terms of experience, in terms of knowledge, dreams and so on.”