Luigi Ghirri

“Everything has a blighted, faded quality about it now. Still, if you look at it for a long time, the old charm reemerges. And that is why I can see that I will lose absolutely nothing by staying where I am, even by contenting myself with watching things go by, like a spider in its web waiting for flies. You need to look at things for a long time…” – Vincent van Gogh

Luigi Ghirri (Italy, 1943–1992) was an extraordinary photographer, as well as a writer whose career was so rich and varied that it seems like a lesson in the contemporary history of the medium… Uncannily prescient, Ghirri shared the sensibility of what became known in the U.S. as the New Color and the New Topographics movements before they had even been named. Like his counterparts in Italian cinema, Ghirri believed the local and the universal were inseparable, and that life’s polarities—love and hate, present and past—were equally compelling. Not surprisingly, his interests encompassed all the arts: he worked in Giorgio Morandi’s studio and with architect Aldo Rossi, while influencing a generation of photogra­phers, including Olivo Barbieri and Martin Parr. – Aperture

  1. Luigi Ghirri « says:

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  2. Ed Martin says:

    Ghirri’s sense of space and scale are mesmerizing. His use of color controls the emotional tone of the images. The magic in his geometry is essential to his great talent. the images appear as if locked in place. How wonderfully refreshing.

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  4. luke winter says:

    oh my days, what a wonderful life he must’ve lived across all he did. thanks for providing my new fixation for the next wee while

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