Giuseppe Pagano’s journey in the world of
Alberto Giacometti commences with the small stones placed on the sculptor’s
grave, in Stampa, at the local cemetery surrounded by the high rock faces of
Val Bregaglia. From that moment on, and on several occasions, he keeps
returning to this valley in pursuit of the evidence of a suspended transition:
“I could feel that that place was calling me” – he said – “everywhere I looked
I could see unequivocal signs, as though his presence were blocked in that place”. It is only through death that
man is, in some way, freed. Death makes life solemn and so, as Berger says,
“the essence of Giacometti’s work is the awareness of death”.
If each narrative, as Algirdas J.
Greimas states, has thresholds, then cities too have entrances, borders and
contours. Naples has often been conquered from below, taking advantage of its
ancient Greek aqueduct to enter the city; in fact Naples has an underground and
conspicuous contour with no light, made of age-old, dark waters. For
centuriesmits beauties have been approached by the sea, then inland journey
being long and tiresome. And if the old heart of the city beats without the sun
and sea, as in Caravaggio’s paintings and Anna Maria Ortese’s novels, its
contours, even the most distant ones like those
of the splendid Campi Flegrei, are rather flooded by light. \...\
Carlo Desideri has done a radiograph of its coasts and novelists, pursuing through his photographs those places which have been endlessly described by writers and voyagers.
Nocturnal places like suggestions which surface from the darkness of a virtual canvas. Unusual dwellings and spaces in which the lunar, artificial light seems to blend with the wind to create new forms and original visions,
in which the invisible becomes perceptible...
or perhaps these are simply moods, amplified by the dark.
148 pages, format mm 210 x 300.
The publication is aimed at an audience of amateurs, professionals and artists as a source for further study, debate and anticipation of creative trends.
Cover © Luca Manfredi
Editorial [Franco Carlisi]
Shinya Masuda Hanafuda Shouzoku [Leonardo Distaso]
Albarrán Cabrera This is you [HERE] [Giusy Randazzo]
Giulia Gatti La danza delle confessioni [Sergio Labate]
Nelli Palomäki Share [Dario Carere]
Patrizia Mussa Tempo storico e tempo fotografico [Oscar Meo]
Stefano Parrini Fragili come montagne [Debora Randisi]
Nunzio Battaglia Still Food - Landscape [Marco d'Annutiis - Paolo Barbaro]
Julien Lombardi La transizione armena [Saverio Ciarcia]
Claudius Schulze [Alberto Giovanni Biuso]
Leonardo Bencini La fotografia come racconto deformato e deformante della realtà [Alessandro Ciarcia]
An interview by Franco Carlisi
Premio Bastianelli 2018
Per il miglior libro fotografico dell'anno
Prix Pictet. Space
W. Eugene Smith Vita sacra e profana nella fotografia [Giovanna Gammarota]
Giancolombo Fastival! Il cinema si mostra
Luca Manfredi Pavee kids Ireland [Pippo Pappalardo]
Riccardo Bononi Une belle vie, une belle mort [Ines Testoni]
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