Off the Shelf: Luigi Ghirri’s It’s Beautiful Here, Isn’t It…
One of our favorite photo books from the past few years is Aperture’s “It’s Beautiful Here, Isn’t It…” It was the first American publication of the work of Luigi Ghirri, who at the time was little known in the U.S., and highlights the photographer’s preoccupation with spatial relationships and color photography, and his engagement with concepts that would come to define the New Color and Topographic movements and influence such photo titans as William Eggleston and Martin Parr. “There’s a lot Ghirri did that I don’t do, and that I probably won’t do,” Eggleston told the book’s editor, Melissa Harris, “but I’m sure glad he did it.”
This week in the magazine, we published Ghirri’s photograph “Nogara, 1989” which appears in “Italian Perspectives,” the current exhibition at Howard Greenberg. For more of Ghirri’s work: http://nyr.kr/zERwN0
All images Estate of Luigi Ghirri/Courtesy Aperture Foundation.
Whoa this is great. I’e never even heard of Ghirri, though Eggleston is like my favorite photographer. (If you ever become my Facebook friend [oh the heights you will have achieved…] you’ll see my favorite photograph of all-time, which is by him.)