Luigi Ghirri, l’amico infinito
Discussion with Claude Nori, Michel Nuridsany and Quentin Bajac
le 02 avril 2019
19h00 - 21h00
Jeu de Paume, Paris

Jeu de Paume and Éditions Contrejour are organising a meeting with Claude Nori to mark the publication of his book Luigi Ghirri, l’amico infinito. The author will be talking to Quentin Bajac and Michel Nuridsany.

Luigi Ghirri stated on several occasions that “photography is above all a way of thinking about photography,” but in fact he was always “thinking in images.” His work set out in series and sequences, his books conceived as poetic enchainments, always leave room for emotion. A geometer, conceptual artist, photographer, theoretician, editor, and organiser of exhibitions, he transformed and promoted Italian photography both in his own country and abroad. He was the friend of numerous intellectuals, architects, historians, musicians and thinkers who lived near him in Modena, then the home of an intense art scene.

Claude Nori, his friend from 1973 until his death in 1992, was the publisher of all his books in France. Here he offers a lively, personal, free and very moving portrait of this great photographer, evoking their travels and trips along the country roads of the Po plain, their conversations about technique, printing and Neorealismo cinema, and about the great trends and works that marked the history of photography.

Organised in chapters, each of which is a set of anecdotes and shared moments, the book recaptures the atmosphere of those days of rupture and renewal, helping to understand Ghirri’s ideas and work: the conception of the Kodachrome book, the visit to Morandi’s studio, Versailles, the Sorbonne symposium in 1985, Bob Dylan, Lucio Dalla, Walker Evans... Turning its back on theoretical clichés, this portrait conjures up a Ghirri who is droll and touching, a man who seemed to have found “an extraordinary balance between the torments of existence and the delights of the gaze.”

French photographer and publisher Claude Nori is the founder of Éditions Contrejour in Paris and the journals Caméra International and Les Cahiers de la Photographie. A contributor to numerous cultural events, in 1999 he founded the Terre d’images festival in Biarritz, where he now lives. A close friend of Luigi Ghirri’s since 1973, he has published all his books in France.

Writer, art critic and exhibition curator Michel Nuridsany has had a considerable influence on the perceptions and the cultural position of photography in France.

Former Chief Curator of Photography at MoMA, Quentin Bajac is director of Jeu de Paume.

Tuesday 2 April 2019 at 7 pm, in the Jeu de Paume auditorium.
Admission free, first come first served.

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