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Colomba D'Apolito: d'Après

Colomba D'Apolito: d'Après

Author: Colomba D'Apolito
Texts: Enrico Gullo, Colomba D'Apolito
Pages: 76
Languages: Italian/English
Year: 2022
Format: 170x238 mm
Binding: Stich bound with headbang

ISBN 978-88-90-6116-8-1

€ 22,00

The cutting of an image has an element of paradox: it forces us to come to terms with the materiality of somethng we instinctively deem intangible. John Mitchell, in his Pictorial Turn, dissolves this apparent contradiction when he distinguishes between images and pictures, arguing that "A picture appears on a material background or in a specific place. [...] An image never appears unless in a determined medium, but it also trasends media and can be transferred from one medium to another.".

It follows, therefore, that you do not make cuts in an image, but rather, a picture. But adjusting or touching a picture inevitably means generating new images and this is the precise area the work of Colomba D'Apolito explores, pushing and challenging limits and possibilities. This process of cutting and cropping that works on the support not because of an ant-modern stance, but because of an equally precise choice of field.
(from the critical text of Enrico Gullo, Art Historian and PdD in art history)

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Pierre André Podbielski: Beyond the white wall

Pierre André Podbielski: Beyond the white wall

Author: Pierre André Podbielski
Texts: Roberto Cotroneo, Silvia Bigi
Pages: 100
Languages: Italian/English
Year: 2022
Format: 185x265 mm
Binding: Stich bound with headbang

ISBN 978-88-90-6116-6-7

€ 30,00

Pierre André Podbielski is a companion on this journey: travelling through museum corridors and across illuminated rooms where artworks are watching visitors, rather than being watched by them. They have watched the audience of art lovers that has kept me company for five years, an audience that I see again, with all its peculiarities, in Pierre André's photographs. However his photographic time, his aesthetic surprise inside the exhibition space has one thing that I do not. This is something that belongs
to real photographers, to men like Elliott Erwitt. Pierre André is an ironic, amused, suspended and detached, but sympathetic photographer. In his photographs, it is the smile that binds everything, holding the images together, telling their stories even better.

Photographic irony is an enviable gift, because photography is by its nature always balanced in a state of tension: it is always serious; the seriousness of the realities we experience, and it is always rhetorical. It is the way photography can stop time that makes it so solemn, its way of placing the moment the shot was aken at the centre of our gaze that makes photography a rhetorical moment, in the best sense of the word.
(from the introduction by Roberto Cotroneo)

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Serafino Fasulo: DROP IN – Cadere Dentro

Serafino Fasulo: DROP IN – Cadere Dentro

Author: Serafino Fasulo
Texts: Franco Carlisi, Serafino Fasulo
Pages: 180
Languages: Italiano/Inglese
Year: 2022
Format: 190x280 mm
Binding: paperback, rounded corners, with elastic

ISBN 978-88-90-6116-3-6

€ 40,00

The shaded area in which we hide away from ourselves is so large that it is impossible to even attempt to describe our identity. Those familiar with this shaded area know that to get beyond it you need to undertake a long, hard and at times painful journey down memory lane. Everybody has images from their past which, the more they reveal the profound essence of things and people, the more surprising they are; they clarify this grey area we all have to confront in a way which words cannot, but which photography can; they expose what we are and how we got there. Nonetheless, the past is not inert, and our journey is a game of mirrors where fragments of self awareness and memory, of love and lack of it, of reality and imagination become jumbled up, one moment familiar, the next unsettling. As if the moments we alone recall, and with which we order the months, days and years of our lives, are whimsical, a little bit here and a little bit there. Never diachronical but willy-nilly, typical of haphazard memory. Some return, reassuringly. Others take us who knows where, to elsewheres we have inhabited and lived. They are the pieces of an ever-changing puzzle which is our present, the difficulty is putting them together … later on. And so it is that memories change, just as we change, and they betray us, or, sometimes we betray them. We are wrapped around who we were in a spiral of explanation and interpretation of our world, which, on the last curve replenishes the memory we hold within: the yesterday where we come from. It enriches it, at times actually recreates it. […]

(Franco Carlisi)

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Luca Gilli: Incognita

Luca Gilli: Incognita

Author: Luca Gilli
Texts: Luca Doninelli, Paulo Barone, Emilie Housa
Pages: 100
Languages: Italiano/Inglese
Year: 2022
Format: 205x296 mm
Binding: stitched paperback binding, rounded corners

ISBN 978-88-90-6116-1-2

€ 38,00

In order to talk about the images of Incognita, Luca Gilli’s work dedicated to school at the time of the lockdown and distance learning, we need to deal with some words destined to clutter our gaze: “essential”, “minimalism”, words that could materialize on our lips when looking at these shots.
We could call them lid-words, censorship-words, armchair-words. In most cases they do not express something we know, we merely put them in place of something we do not know, to cover a hole in the vision.

(from introduction by Luca Doninelli)
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Massimo Cristaldi: Suspended

Massimo Cristaldi: Suspended

Author: Massimo Cristaldi
Texts: Franco Carlisi, Joel Meyerowitz
Pages: 100
Languages: Italian/English
Year: 2021
Format: 295x295
Binding: Stitched paperback binding

ISBN 978-88-906116-4-3

€ 42,00

[…] Even when we are faced with an unfinished work of art, the greatness of the authordefines it and makes it magnificent in itself: it is the Unfinished. In fact, it is preciselybecause it has not been concluded that the artist cloaks himself in legend and in a furtherstory that embellishes hisexistence since the immortality of his genius will always be tracedback to his mortal being. The genius is still among us-immortal-, but through thatincompleteness we remember that it was like us–mortal. But an unfinished work of art tellsus even more: it tells us about the creative process, the authorial gesture’s desire that wants toreach the essence, the genius’ vitality that struggles with the indolence of illness, the mysteryof a mind who does not notice the created beauty and abandons it, acontradictory era, like alleras, which establishes the canons but does not recognize the masterpieces. No unfinishedwork of art is minor, precisely because it is more open than a finished work of art. To fullyunderstand the wonder that such incompleteness causes, it is enough to dwell on thediscomfort that instead produces another type of unfinished works: infrastructural, building,urban ones. […]

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Franco Carlisi: Il valzer di un giorno

Franco Carlisi: Il valzer di un giorno

Author: Franco Carlisi
Texts: Andrea Camilleri, Gianmaria Testa, Alberto Giovanni Biuso, Pippo Pappalardo, Giusy Randazzo, Gaetano Savatteri
Pages: 216
Languages: Italian/English
Year: 2018
Format: 24x32 cm.
Binding: Stitched paperback binding

ISBN 9788895388366

€ 54,00

Franco Carlisi’s eye keeps catching some “off-screen” images and gives them back to us, I would say just as a narrator, with an extraordinary liveliness and intensity.
An absent look, a distracted bride, the suffering aspect of a parent for the coming separation.
They are photos that will never enter the official album authorized to be the matrix of memories. The dressmaker breaking a thread of the bride’s immaculate dress with her teeth would be out of place.
The wedding photos usually long for elusiveness, lightness, purity, solemnity.
Instead, through Carlisi’s eye, everything becomes physical, strong experienced, real, without half tones. See the bride breastfeeding her child.
Aren’t they a story of great expressive strength?

Andrea Camilleri

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Paolo Simonazzi: La casa di Lenin

Paolo Simonazzi: La casa di Lenin

Author: Paolo Simonazzi
Texts: Sandro Parmiggiani, Claudio Gavioli
Pages: 84
Languages: Italian/English
Year: 2021
Format: 16x20
Binding: Stitched paperback binding

ISBN 9788890611629

€ 20,00

Someone who is called Lenin must have a certain destiny. Strong is the imprinting, the connotation of the struggle of the peasants, the popular conscience, the great Communist dream dashed upon the rocks of Soviet dictatorship, but which in our Emilia part of the Po valley, has remained an unrealised utopia. Therefore, those who bear what is more of an honour than a burden may be understood if they dedicate their existence to the simple life of the fields, painted with the colours of the countryside, scented with the smell of hay and stables, framed by the sunsets when the grass changes colour. It is the work in the fields and the peace of nature that brings humans closer to poetry. The poetry of things and the soul, a language that feeds on the vibrations of the damp, fertile earth which at other times is also arid.[...]

The photographic gaze of Paolo Simonazzi perfectly captures the nature of the objects and brings them back to life in their essence made of pastel colours, creative chaos, fragments of a lived life. The opaque mirror which reflects the old typewriter, the brass lamp that hangs from a ceiling of warn beams, the old broken down Jaguar, almost an oxymoron in the proletarian context it is nestled in, the stable with its crooked doors opened out where the animals feed on light and freedom far from the dark mechanised farms, the bizarre clock with the image of Che Guevara on the handmade doily on the dresser, the pendulum on the wall and the old photo of a football team in black-and-white: this is the universe that lives again thanks to the sensitive exploring lens of Simonazzi, the world of objects that seem to stand guard with silent testimony over the peaceful passing of the seasons, when, after the winter, as Zucchero Fornaciari, another child of these lands, sings, the snowfields bloom. A small world, but with a great heart.

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Luca Manfredi: Pavee Kids Ireland - Ostinati prigionieri di sogni

Luca Manfredi: Pavee Kids Ireland - Ostinati prigionieri di sogni

Author: Luca Manfredi
Texts: Maria Tea Vano, Barbara Motti
Pages: 96
Languages: Italiano/Inglese
Year: 2018
Format: 30x27,5 cm.
Binding: Stitched paperback binding

ISBN 9788889109977

€ 30,00

Luca Manfredi has walked the land and has seeded a memory of it’s people with his vision of Irish Pavee kids. Precocious and mysterious lads, they draw upon their inner strength to find a place within themselves where removal from a place does not create sorrow, but freedom. At ten years old with their own horse they are like complete adults. They sway in the meadows with a cerulean aura on their skin and excitement on their faces as if they were continuously singing. They are young, around eight, but for some inexplicable reason they carry on as though they were grown men. They have many siblings among their own kind, were raised without formal schooling, and are children of extended ‘families’ where their own language of signs and gestures are recognized without judgement.

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Samuele Bianchi, Simone Letari, Simona Lunatici: sedimento

Samuele Bianchi, Simone Letari, Simona Lunatici: sedimento

Authors: Samuele Bianchi, Simone Letari, Simona Lunatici
Texts: Simona Lunatici, Alessandro Trabucco, Pietro D'Agostino
Pages: 100
Languages: Italian/English
Year: 2019
Format: 21x28 cm.
Binding: Stitched paperback binding

ISBN 978-88-906116-0-5

€ 30,00

sedimento (sediment) originates from a larger project called Guardo divenire immagine, a two-year research carried out by three photographers: Samuele Bianchi, Simone Letari  and Simona Lunatici. In this book the authors explore places with no documentary intent. They observe them, cross them, live them with an unbiased look which is always ready to embrace what chooses to reveal itself. The word sediment indicates the solid material that settles at the bottom of a liquid following the application of a force.

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Giuseppe Pagano: Giacometti

Giuseppe Pagano: Giacometti

Author: Giuseppe Pagano
Texts: Giovanna Gammarota
Pages: 96
Languages: Italian/German/English
Year: 2018
Format: 210x210 mm.
Binding: Stitch bound with headbang

ISBN 978-88-95388-33-5

€ 32,00

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”.

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Carlo Desideri: Napoli mare

Carlo Desideri: Napoli mare

Autor: Carlo Desideri
Texts: Antonella Cilento
Pages: 132
Languages: Italian/English
Year: 2017
Format: 200x200 mm.
Binding: Stitch bound with headbang

ISBN 978-88-95388-29-8

€ 18,00

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.

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Fausto Meli: Effetto nottetempo

Fausto Meli: Effetto nottetempo

Author: Fausto Meli
Texts: Gigliola Foschi
Pages: 180
Languages: Italiano/Inglese
Format: 280 x 210 mm.
Binding: Stitch bound with headbang

ISBN 978-88-95388-27-4

€ 32,00

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.

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Antonella Monzoni: Donne di Scanno Oggi

Antonella Monzoni: Donne di Scanno Oggi

Pages: 64
Texts: Giovanni Bucci, Amedeo Fusco e Antonella Monzoni
Author: Antonella Monzoni
Format: 220x170 mm.
Binding: Hardcover
Languages: Italian/English

ISBN 978-88-95388-28-1

€ 10,00

At the end of the 1950s Giuseppe Turroni criticized bitterly the photographs that Mario Giacomelli had taken at Scanno, defining them as “the quintessence of southern rhetoric”. If the great critic were still among us, he would certainly praise Antonella Monzoni’s portraits: “Scanno’s women have finally been photographed without rhetoric”. No more black skirts, but white coats to work in restaurants’ kitchens, pharmacies, confectionery labs, bakeries, shops… The new Scanno’s women draw cheques and settle invoices via the Internet with their own credit card. They no longer balance on her heads baskets full of wood to stoke the fireplace in view of a long cold winter with their shepherd husbands away in Puglia. Time changes everything and the artist – Antonella Monzoni in our case – often anticipates and bears witness to these changes.
Yet you can sense a certain continuity in the eyes of these “new” women, a connection with those photographed by Hilde Lotz-Bauer, Cartier-Bresson, Giacomelli and many more.

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Luisa Menazzi Moretti: Somewhere

Luisa Menazzi Moretti: Somewhere

Pages: 176
Texts: Valerio Dehò e Antonio Giusa
Author: Luisa Menazzi Moretti
Format: 165×225 mm.
Binding: Stitch bound with headbang
Languages: Italian/English

ISBN 978-88-95388-24-3

€ 20,00

There are books of photoraphy that speak to each one of us, with images that take us back to an emotion that, even thought we do not remember where or when, we feel we have experienced. These are pictures that show us something we have already seen; however, a new perspective, a different glance convey something we have already known as if it were the first time, the vey first time for something that we are already familiar with. SOMEWHERE of Luisa Menazzi Moretti is a photographic book that invites the reader to a poetic complicity with the author, in pursuance of a new value to what the author has set on the photographic paper.


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Carla Iacono: Fairy Glaze and other stories

Carla Iacono: Fairy Glaze and other stories

Pages: 84
Texts: Clelia Belgrado, Franco Carlisi, Carla Iacono
Author: Carla Iacono
Format: 165×205 mm.
Binding: Hardback, stitch bound with headbang, laminated soft touch
Release: 2015
Languages: Italian/English

ISBN 978-88-95388-23-6

€ 20,00

Carla Iacono, conceptual photographer, uses the portrait to investigate the moments of transition and explore the territories of the unconscious. It is an autobiographical path, born from the desire to underline the ongoing spreadingof a “non-culture” based on manipulation and negative models of which the teenagers seem to be the first victims.
The adolescents must learn to manage new stimuli and relate to the outside world in a new way; they feel the need to explore the new physicality, but in the meantime they experience nostalgia for their childhood and a sense of inadequacy for their changing body.
All this can cause fears and misunderstandings, starting self-defense mechanisms such as aggressivity, provocation or isolation.


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