Olivo Barbieri: Site Specific

Photographs by Olivo Barbieri and Olivo Barbieri. Introduction by Christopher Phillips.

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Site Specific is a summary of Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri’s ten-year project to record the world’s cities in aerial photographs. On the one hand, the book offers remarkable documentation, by one of today’s most thrilling image-makers, of 25 cities throughout the world. On the other, it is a narrative of Barbieri’s ever-evolving approach to photography and his thoughts about the nature of the medium. Presented chronologically, the book begins with the distinctive tilt-shift photographs of Italian cities with which Barbieri first established his reputation, and which launched a popular stylistic movement for selective-focus photographs. As the series continued, with portrayals of cities all over the world, Barbieri introduced other devices and approaches to distort perceived reality—such as playing with color, registration and the deletion or discoloring of particular details—to dramatic effect. The result is a remarkable photo essay about twenty-first-century urban space and about photography itself. Stunningly designed and presented in a luxuriously large format, the book is introduced by Christopher Phillips.

Details

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 184
Publication date: 09-30-2013
Measurements: 13.6 x 10 x 0.9 inches
ISBN: 9781597112291

Press

When it comes to capturing the distinct flavour of a city, no one does it quite like Olivo Barbieri.Wallpaper

Playing with notions of positive and negative space, Barbieri isolates buildings to raise questions about how cities are planned and the building’s role in the urban context.The New York Times

Barbieri’s work is a reminder that photography can play a critical role in our understanding of architecture and urban environments.The New York Times

Site Specific is a stomach-twisting tour of familiar landscapes with references to modern art historyWired

Contributors
Photographs by Olivo Barbieri and Olivo Barbieri. Introduction by Christopher Phillips.

Olivo Barbieri is a key figure in Italian contemporary art who has been featured several times at the Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited at institutions, including the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART), Rovereto, Italy. His photographs and films are in the collections of the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; International Center of Photography, New York; and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin, Italy. His work has been widely published; monographs of Barbieri’s photographs include The Dolomites Project (2011) and The Waterfall Project (2008).
Olivo Barbieri is a key figure in Italian contemporary art who has been featured several times at the Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited at institutions, including the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART), Rovereto, Italy. His photographs and films are in the collections of the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; International Center of Photography, New York; and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin, Italy. His work has been widely published; monographs of Barbieri’s photographs include The Dolomites Project (2011) and The Waterfall Project (2008).
Christopher Phillips is curator at the International Center if Photography in New York and is a widely published critic and photography historian. Previously senior editor at Art in America, Phillips has written many books, including The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars (1989) and, with Wu Hang, Between Past and Future: new Photography and Video from China (2004).

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