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Luigi Ghirri Wikipedia
Luigi Ghirri (5 January 1943 – 14 February 1992) was an Italian artist and photographer who gained a far-reaching reputation as a pioneer and master of contemporary photography, with particular reference to its relationship between fiction and reality.
Ghirri has been the subject of numerous books. His works are held by various museums around the world and have been exhibited in the 2011 Venice Biennale and at MAXXI in Rome.
Ghirri was born in Scandiano near Modena in Italy on 5 January 1943.
He started his career in the 1970s. Influenced by conceptual art, he created his first two series, Atlante (1973) and Kodachrome (1978), where his cropped images of the landscape were presented with a deadpan, often ironic wit and a continuous anthropological engagement with his surroundings. The compositions and hues of his photographs suggested subtle emotional tones and a meticulously rich way of viewing the world, as well as the role of images within it.
Ghirri’s work quickly attracted international attention. In 1975 Time-Life included him in its list of the "Discoveries" of its annual Photography Year publication, and he showed at the Photography as Art, Art as Photography exhibition in Kassel. In 1982 he was invited to the photokina in Cologne, where he was acclaimed as one of the twenty most significant photographers of the 20th century for his series Topographie-Iconographie. In 1989 he made a series shot in the studio of painter Giorgio Morandi.
He died aged 49 in Roncocesi, Province of Reggio Emilia, Italy on 14 February 1992.Kodachrome. Self-published / Punto e Virgola, 1978.
London: Mack, 2012. ISBN 9781907946240. With an essay by Francesco Zanot in Italian, English, French and German; and translations of the original texts in French and German.
Atlante. Charta, 2000. ISBN 978-8881582648.
The Complete Essays. London: Mack, 2016. ISBN 9781910164143.
Luigi Ghirri. Tokyo: Taka Ishii, 2017. Text in English and Japanese.
It’s Beautiful Here, Isn’t It…, Aperture Foundation, New York City, 2008–2009
Kodachrome, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, 2013.
Luigi Ghirri ‘Thinking Images’ Icons, Landscapes, Architectures, MAXXI, Rome, 2013; Brazil; Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2014. A retrospective, curated by Francesca Fabiani, Laura Gasparini, and Giuliano Sergio.
Photography as Art, Art as Photography, Kassel, 1975
photokina, Cologne, Germany, 1982
ILLUMInations, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2011. Group exhibition, curated by Bice Curiger.
Ghirri's work is held in the following permanent collections:Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Museo di fotografia contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York City