Luigi Ghirri worked primarily with the landscape and architecture of his native Italy. His fresh color observations of Italy's contemporary culture are witty, poetic, and often surreal, as in Ruvo di Puglia, as William Eggleston notes in the preface to It's Beautiful Here, Isn't It... (Aperture 2008). "He teases the viewer about what is real and what is not." Ghirri's images are visually profound and are about the nature of representation and seeing. Ghirri influenced a generation of photographers, including Eggleston, Olivo Barbieri, and Martin Parr. Aperture is pleased to offer this limited-edition archival pigment in print in collaboration with Paola Ghirri, the artist's wife.
Luigi Ghirri (born in 1943; died in 1992) revolutionized Italian photography in the 1970s during his relatively short life, and is considered a pioneer and master of contemporary color photography. Working primarily with the landscape and architecture of his Italian homeland, Ghirri shared the sensibility of what became known in the U.S. as the New Color and New Topographics movements, before they had even been named.