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Luigi Ghirri

(Scandiano, 1943 - Roncocesi, 1992).

Luigi Ghirri

Among the most important and influential figures in contemporary photography, Ghirri started his work in 1970 on the basis of conceptual art and his research led him to soon become known in the international scene. In 1975 he was among the “Discoveries” in Time-Life's Photography Year and he participated in the exhibition Photography as Art in Kassel. In 1982 he was invited to Photokina in Cologne, where as part of the exhibition Phtotgraphie 1922-1982 he was presented as one of the twenty most significant photographers of the 20th Century. Already by the end of the 1970s, his exhibition activities begin to support more intensely the idea of an important work of cultural promotion along with the development of the publishing house Punto e Virgola, founded together with Paola Borgonzoni and Giovanni Chiaramente (1978-1980) as well as with the organization of shows such as Iconicittà (1980), Viaggio in Italia (1984), Esplorazioni sulla Via Emilia (1986) which placed him at the center of a lively debate. With public and private commissions he expressed himself throughout the 1980s as an interpreter of Italian architecture and landscape, offering among other things, his thoughts on the achievements of some prominent architects. In 1985, Aldo Rossi invited him to work for the architecture portion of the Venice Biennale and in 1988 he curated the photography portion of the Milan Triennale.

His long and profound reflections on the theme of landscape culminated in 1989 with the realization of the volumes Paesaggio italiano and II profilo delle nuvole. Today there are many publications dedicated to his work. His pieces are found in many museums around the world including: Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Musée-Château (Annecy), Musée de la Photographie Réattu (Arles), Polaroid Collection (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Musée Nicéphore Niépce (Chalon-sur-Saòne), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea (Cinisello Balsamo, Milan), Archivio dello Spazio - Amministrazione Provinciale (Milan), Galleria Civica (Modena), Canadian Centre for Architecture - Centre Canadien d'Architecture (Montreal), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Cabinets des estampes - Bibliotèque Nationale (Paris), Fond National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), Collezione Fnac (Paris), Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (Parma), Biblioteca Panizzi - Fototeca (Reggio Emilia), Palazzo Braschi - Archivio Fotografico Comunale (Rome).