During his relatively short life, Luigi Ghirri (1943 – 1992) revolutionized Italian photography, gaining a far-reaching reputation as a pioneer and master contemporary photographer. Beginning his career in the 1970s - in the company of Conceptual artists, who were an important early influence - Ghirri presented his homeland through a sequence of poetic and ambiguous photographs. His cropped images of the landscape are presented with a deadpan, often ironic wit and a continuous anthropological engagement with his surroundings. The compositions and hues of his photographs suggest 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 the artist 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 presented as one of the twenty most significant photographers of the 20th century. Ghirri has been the subject of numerous books and his works are held by various museums around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museo della Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was featured in the 2011 Venice Biennale. MAXXI in Rome will present a major exhibition of the artist’s work in 2013.
The Estate of Luigi Ghirri is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.
- Matthew Marks Gallery, New York - Luigi Ghirri
- Luigi Ghirri, Kodachrome (Mack, London 2012)
- Frieze Magazine, Issue 143, November-December 2011 by Christy Lange
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