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Kodachrome

Luigi Ghirri

Mack Books

Publication date : 2021/01/01
Weight 650 g / Dimensions 21 x 27 cm / 104 pages
ISBN 9781907946240

In 1978, Luigi Ghirri self-published his first book, an avant-garde manifesto for the medium of photography and a landmark in his remarkable oeuvre. Kodachrome has long been out of print, and on the 20th anniversary of Ghirri’s death, MACK is proud to publish the second edition.

Both an amateur photographer and a photojournalist, Ghirri presents his surroundings in tight images, making photographs of photographs and recording the Italian landscape through his advertisements, postcards, potted plants, walls, windows and people. His work is impassive, reflecting a dry wit, and is a continuous engagement with the subject of reality and landscape as a snapshot of our interaction with the world.

This new edition of Kodachrome is published as a facsimile of the original, adopting the original design, text layout and image sequence, but using new image files scanned from Ghirri’s original film to take advantage of modern technology and printing methods. A small booklet is included with an essay by Francesco Zanot, which offers a contemporary perspective on the historical impact of Kodachrome, as well as French and German translations of the book’s original texts (which have been published in English and Italian).

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