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PRINT April 2013

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 artist—yet another extraordinary secret Luigi Ghirri left to the world.

Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1973, C-print, 11 5/8 x 7 5/8". From the series “Paesaggi di cartone” (Cardboard Landscapes), 1971–74.

Luigi Ghirri, Capri, 1981, Cibachrome print, 7 1/4 x 11". From the series “Paesaggio Italiano” (Italian Landscape), 1980–92.

Luigi Ghirri, Tra Mantova e Verona (Between Mantua and Verona), 1988, Cibachrome print, 4 3/4 x 7 3/4". From the series “Il profilo delle nuvole” (The Outline of Clouds), 1980–92.

Luigi Ghirri, Modena, ca. 1970–72, C-print, 5 1/8 x 7 1/2". From the series “Fotografie del periodo iniziale” (Photographs from the Early Period), 1969–72.

Luigi Ghirri, Modena, ca. 1970–72, C-print, 4 3/4 x 6 1/2". From the series “Fotografie del periodo iniziale” (Photographs from the Early Period), 1969–72.

Luigi Ghirri, Riviera Romagnola, ca. 1980–84, C-print, 11 3/4 x 7 7/8". From the series “Paesaggio Italiano” (Italian Landscape), 1980–92.

Luigi Ghirri, Puglia, 1986, C-print, 9 3/4 x 6 1/2". From the series “Paesaggio Italiano” (Italian Landscape), 1980–92.

Luigi Ghirri, Olanda (Holland), 1974, C-print, 5 x 6 7/8". From the series “Diaframma 11, 1/125, luce naturale” (F-Stop 11, 1/125, Natural Light), 1970–79.

Luigi Ghirri, Modena, ca. 1971–73, C-print, 5 x 6 7/8". From the series “Paesaggi di cartone” (Cardboard Landscapes), 1971–74.