Luigi Ghirri

One original signed photograph
10 unpublished photographs
limited edition of 300 copies
23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.3 x 6.5 inch

Euro 150


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By presenting a series of unpublished images belonging to his early period, Senza titolo, inediti 1970/1974 endeavours to underline, yet again, the peculiarities and value of Luigi Ghirri’s first contribution as an artist who used photography in Italy and abroad. The core of images contained in this book, directly selected from the author’s archives in close collaboration with Paola Ghirri, is already dense with the artist’s poetic fundamentals and is fully charged with the conceptual aspect, the originality and contemporaneousness of his work. Here the sensation of déjà vu needn’t be misleading, since Ghirri’s work precisely forms one unique body, built by “thinking with images” and following the artist’s highly personal vision of photography.



LUIGI GHIRRI was born in Scandiano (Reggio Emilia) in 1943 and died in Roncocesi (Reggio Emilia) in 1992. One of the most important and influential figures in contemporary photography, he started his career in 1970, adopting an approach that was greatly influenced by conceptual art. His research soon attracted International attention. In 1975 Time-Life included him among the "Discoveries" of its Photography Year, and he showed at the Photography as Art exhibition at Kassel. In 1982 he was invited to the Photokina in Cologne, where, in the Photographie 1922-1982 exhibition, he was presented as one of the twenty most significant photographers of the 20th century. Towards the end of the 1970s, Ghirri began exhibiting with increasing frequency, and it was in this same period that the idea of doing some large-scale cultural promotion began to take shape.

He worked on a number of publishing projects for Punto e Virgola, which he founded together with Paola Borgonzoni and Giovanni Chiaramonte (1978-1980), and then on the organization of exhibitions such as Iconicittà (1980), Viaggio in Italia (1984) and Esplorazioni sulla Via Emilia (1986), which drew him into the centre of lively debate. He completed a range of public and private commissions in the 1980s, interpreting architecture and the Italian landscape, and offering a reading of the work of a number of prominent architects.

In 1985 Aldo Rossi invited him to work on the architecture section of the Venice Biennale and in 1988 he curated the photography section of the Milan Triennial. His long and deep reflection on the landscape theme culminated at the end of the 1980s with the publication of Italian landscape and II profilo delle nuvole, both of which appeared in 1989.

His art has been the subject of many books and his works are held in various museums around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Musée-Château (Annecy), Musée de la Photographie Réattu (Arles), Polaroid Collection (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Musée Nicéphore Niépce (Chalon-sur-Saòne), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea (Cinisello Balsamo, Milan), Archivio dello Spazio - Amministrazione Provinciale (Milan), Galleria Civica (Modena), Canadian Centre for Architecture - Centre Canadien d'Architecture (Montreal), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Cabinets des estampes - Bibliotèque Nationale (Paris), Fond National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), Fnac Collection (Paris), Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (Parma), Biblioteca Panizzi - Fototeca (Reggio Emilia), Palazzo Braschi - Archivio Fotografico Comunale (Rome).