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Mario Giacomelli

Born in 1925, Mario Giacomelli died in November 2000. He trained initially as a typographer, and his early interest in graphics became a central part of his later photographic work. Winner of numerous medals and prizes, he achieved international status with exhibitions in Europe, America and Japan. He was intimately involved in the preparation of this book, which was the last major project he undertook, and represents the best of his long career as a photographer and artist. This comprehensive survey demonstrates Giacomelli's highly personal, striking and artistically atmospheric visual style. Each chapter is a carefully chosen sequence of photographs on a particular theme (some with accompanying poems which inspired the sequence). A life-long preoccupation with the life and landscape of his native Italy gives Giacomelli his subject-matter - landscapes, rural townscapes, streetscenes, still life and portraits of everyday Italian life. With 684 beautiful and poetic duotone photographs, this extraordinary and inspiring collection displays a profound understanding of the photographer's country and its people, and a mastery of form and effect that make his photographs imaginative works of art in their own right.
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Table of Contents

Random recollections for an autobiography * Interview with Alessandra Mauro * For Mario Giacomelli * Introduction by Alistair Crawford * I want to tell you this memory * My whole life * Public announcement * Night clears the mind * The painter Bastari * I am nobody! * Cantamaggio and Pasquella * To Sylvia * Past * The infinite * Happiness achieved * My head is full, mamma * Lullaby * The theatre of snow * The song of the new emigrants * The sea of my stories * A tale, towards possible inner meanings * Caroline Branson from 'Spoon River' * Motif suggested by the cut of the tree * The good earth * There are no hands to caress my face * Slaughterhouse * A man, a woman, a love * Loreto * Gypsies * Puglia * Scanno * Lourdes * On being aware of nature * Metamorphosis of the land * Death will come and it will have your eyes * Early works * Selected Exhibitions * Bibliography

About the Author

Alistair Crawford has contributed widely to photography books, catalogues and journals in Britain, France, Italy, New Zealand and the US. He has also curated several major touring photographic exhibitions including 'Mario Giacomelli', which was PrintWorks Gallery, Chicago, in 1991


'This monograph skilfully rehearses one of the most extraordinary, original and engaging careers in photography' (Times Literary Supplement)

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