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LUIGI GHIRRI: A PORTFOLIO

Luigi Ghirri, Engelberg, 1972, C-print, 4 5/8 x 6 5/8". From the series “Kodachrome,” 1970–78.

Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943–1992) was once a surveyor, and indeed, his camera combed the landscape like a theodolite, producing pictures that often possess a fathomless depth of field, each glare and hue and nick intact. The image can seem as delicately preserved as an artifact, while auguring a day when all images might be rendered in such infinitesimal detail, with infinite information. Ghirri’s technical experimentation only heightened this impression, as he worked to develop a specific finish for a matte surface as elusive as it is impenetrable. In anticipation of the major retrospective of his work opening on April 24 at MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, Artforum presents two special expositions of Ghirri’s ranging path: a synthetic essay by historian MARIA ANTONELLA PELIZZARI, preceded by a suite of never-before-published photographs by the

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