Sunday, August 24, 2014

Benches of Livorno

A seminal work on the benches of Livorno is now available online. This well-thought selection shows more than two hundred photos taken in the last five years and has already been enthusiastically reviewed by one of the foremost authorities on the history of benches.

In a time when most people are interested in seats mainly as a metaphor for power, it is strange to find a person who has devised to describe the humus, the urban culture—if not the very heart of a city—by starting from the observation and “portraiture” of a city’s benches, both public and private.
Both the seriality of the multiples and the proposal of the single objects, the benches, in the photographs of this refined artist speak to us of his city, without ever renouncing a linear elegance and a touch of originality.
The many images, always evocative and revealing a rare sensibility, trace a semantically elaborate path, ranging from symbolic references and scientific cataloguing, towards a simplified syntax devoted to succinct fragments of a universal dailyness.
A declaration of love to Livorno which, we are quite certain, the photographer’s fellow citizens will be able to value and appreciate, but also a collection of shared themes that will affect attentive observers all around the globe.

(Stephen S. Hacksaw)

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12 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

You did a good job with all the benches.

Revrunner said...

Great job, VP!

Jack said...

VP, that is an excellent tribute to your collection of benches. Congratulations.

William Kendall said...

The benches in the third photo, third row, are quite different!

Randy said...

Nice assortment.

VP said...

I forgot to mention that the 'review' is a fake!

Luis Gomez said...

Great job VP.

Dina said...

Actually, when you see many of your bench photos gathered together like this, you realize that it really IS a great work and a labor of love.
May you never run out of benches or enthusiasm, VP!

Kudos to Mr. HACKSAW(!) for his facility with language. :)

Birdman said...

Looked fast and thoght that white one was a bathtub. Now, that would be a unique one.

cieldequimper said...

:)

Karl Demetz said...

Great job, VP, you should make a book!

José Mendonça said...

I agree with Karl. Great job!