Guido Guidi (photographer)

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Guido Guidi
Guido Guidi in 2015
Born(1941-01-01)January 1, 1941
Cesena, Italy.
Notable work
Varianti (1995)
A New Map of Italy (2011)
Per Strada (2018)

Guido Guidi (born January 1, 1941)[1] is an Italian photographer.[2] His work, spanning over more than 40 years, has focused in particular on rural and suburban geographies in Italy and Europe.[3] He photographs places that are normally overlooked.[1] His published works include In Between Cities, Guardando a Est, A New Map of Italy and Veramente.

Life and work[edit]

Guidi was born in Cesena, Italy.[2][4][5] Guidi enrolled in 1959 at IUAV and then at the School of Advanced Studies in Industrial Design in Venice. He followed, among other courses, the ones offered by Bruno Zevi, Carlo Scarpa, L. Veronesi, and Italo Zannier. He started taking pictures in 1956 and continuously in 1966. Since 1989 he has taught Photography at Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna and he is part of the scientific committee for the project “Linea di Confine” (Rubiera, RE). Since 2001 he has taught at the IUAV Design e Art faculty in Venice. He presented his work at the Guggenheim and Whitney museums in New York, at Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Venice Biennial and at Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal. Among his latest publications: Per Strada, Mack London; A New Map of Italy, Washington DC; Guido Guidi, Carlo Scarpa’s Tomba Brion. He appears in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and of the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Guido Guidi began experimenting in the late 1960s with pseudo-documentary images that interrogated photography’s objectivity. Influenced by Neorealist film and Conceptual art, in the 1970s he began investigating Italy’s man-altered landscape. Working in marginal and decayed spaces with a (8”×10”) camera, Guidi creates dense sequences intended as meditations on the meaning of landscape, photography, and seeing. Later he investigated the life and death of modernist architecture, with projects on Scarpa, van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier. Photography for Guidi is something autobiographical. It is synonymous with inhabiting, and the camera is the instrument that allows him to observe, appropriate and collect what lies beyond his doorstep.
"Guidi was a leading voice in the resurgence of Italian photography of the 1970s and 1980s".[1] "Since then, working mostly in colour with a large-format camera, he has patiently returned to the same places — his native Romagna and the area around Venice — documenting the shift from a rural to a post-industrial landscape."[1]


  • Ways of Seeing: Cesare Fabbri, Peter Fraser, Marcello Galvani, Guido Guidi, Large Glass, Photo London, May 2017. Work by Guidi, Peter Fraser, Cesare Fabbri and Marcello Galvani.[1]


Publications by Guidi[edit]

  • Guido Guidi (Galleria dell'immagine, Rimini 1983)
  • Laboratorio di fotografia 1 (Linea di Confine, Rubiera 1989)
  • Rimini Nord (Musei comunali, Rimini 1992)
  • Varianti (Art&, Udine 1995)
  • Carlo Scarpa, Architect: Intervening with History, edited by Nicholas Olsberg (CCA / Monacelli Press, New York 1999)
  • SS9. Itinerari lungo la via Emilia (Linea di Confine, Rubiera 2000)
  • Mies in America, edited by Phyllis Lambert (CCA / Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 2001)
  • Strada ovest 04.02 (Linea di Confine, Rubiera 2002)
  • In Between Cities. Un itinerario attraverso l’Europa 1993/1996. (Electa, Milano 2003). Edited by Marco Venturi and Antonello Frongia. With texts in Italian and English by Louise Désy, Antonello Frongia, Roberta Valtorta and Marco Venturi.
  • Le Corbusier, Scritti, a cura di Rosa Tamborrino (Einaudi, Milano 2003)
  • Rubiera: Linea di Confine, 2003.
  • Atri 05.03 (Linea di Confine, Rubiera 2003)
  • Guido Guidi. 19692004 (San Fedele Arte, Milano 2004)
  • Guido Guidi. PK TAV 139+500 (Linea di Confine, Rubiera 2006)
  • Bunker. Along the atlantic wall (Electa, Milano 2006)
  • Vol. I, Guido Guidi e Vitaliano Trevisan (Electa, Milano 2006)
  • Due Giorni, Cavallino-Treporti (Cavallino-Treporti Fotografie 2010)
  • A New Map of Italy. (Loosestrife Editions, Washington 2011). ISBN 0-9753120-4-9. With texts by Gerry Badger and Marlene Klein. Edition of 1500 copies.
  • Fiume (Fantombooks, Milano 2010)
  • Carlo Scarpa: Brion. (Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2011). Edited by Antonello Frongia. With a text by Guidi and an essay by Frongia. ISBN 978-3775726245.
  • La figura dell’Orante. Appunti per una lezione (Edizioni del bradipo, Lugo 2012)
  • A Seneghe, Mariangela Gualtieri e Guido Guidi (Perda Sonadora Imprentas, Seneghe 2012)
  • Cinque paesaggi, 1983-1993 (Postcart / ICCD, Roma 2013)
  • Preganziol 1983 (Mack, London 2013).
  • Monte Grappa 1985-1988 (Osservatorio Fotografico, Ravenna 2014).
  • Veramente. London: Mack, 2014. ISBN 9781907946608. Text by Marta Dahó.
  • Guardando a Est / Looking East (Walther König, Köln / Linea di Confine, Rubiera 2015) ISBN 978-88-88382-22-7.
  • Verum Ipsum. (Skinnerboox, 2017). Edition of 800 copies.
  • Appuntamento a Firenze (Walther König, Köln 2018) ISBN 978-3-96098-280-7.
  • Le Corbusier - 5 Architectures (Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg 2018) ISBN 978-3-86828-833-9.
  • Annual Series 6, Book 1. Guidi, Gregory Halpern, Jason Fulford, and Viviane Sassen each had one book in a set of four. Edition of 1000 copies.
  • Dietro Casa. Oakland, CA: TBW Books, 2018. ISBN 978-1-942953-33-3.
  • Per Strada (Mack, London 2018) ISBN 978-1-912339-17-4

Publications with others[edit]

  • Due Fotografi per il Teatro Bonci. 1983. With Luigi Ghirri. Edited by Guidi.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Photographs of unseen places". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2018-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Guido Guidi - Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson". Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  4. ^ "SE GARAGE E FIENILI RACCONTANO L' ITALIA - la". Archivio - la Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  5. ^ ""Talk Like A Photographer", al Maxxi cinque sguardi sull'Italia in cinque incontri. Letizia Battaglia, Silvia Camporesi, Guido Guidi raccontano la penisola (FOTO)". HuffPost. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 2018-10-26.