Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri, Marina di Ravenna, 1972. Bibliothèque nationale de France
 © Succession Luigi Ghirri

As I enjoy both the art of photography and Italy, I went to see the exhibition dedicated to Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) at the Jeu de Paume Museum (near the Concorde).

Having trained as a surveyor, Luigi Ghirri began his photographer's career by taking photographs at weekends in the early 1970s, in Reggio Emilia, his province of birth, in the northeast of Italy. He is amongst the first photographers to have used color in a pure artistic way. This exhibition is the first one set up outside Luigi Ghirri's native Italy. It shows the transformations made by the human being on the landscapes of Reggio Emilia. There are 15 different series: homes and gardens in the suburbs, modern advertising pictures, amusement parks...

When asked about his work, Luigi Ghirri used to say: “I am interested in ephemeral architecture, in the provincial world, in objects generally regarded as bad taste, as kitsch, but which have never been that for me, in objects charged with desires, dreams, collective memories [...], windows, mirrors, stars, palm trees, atlases, globes, books, museums and human beings seen through images.” He very quickly became a pioneer and master of contemporary photography. 

For the record, Ghirri has also been an influent author and thinker.

My point of view: Luigi Ghirri is not my favorite photographer; I prefer humanist photographers. But the exhibition is very interesting.

Until June 2nd, 2019
1 place de la Concorde - 75008 Paris
Access through the Tuileries gardens, steps up from Rue de Rivoli.
Disabled access by the main garden entrance on Place de la Concorde, then up ramp on left. Building equipped for disabled visitors.
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 7pm. Late opening on Tuesday (until 9pm)
Closed on Monday

Luigi Ghirri, Padova, 1973. CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1973. CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri, Lido di spina, 1974 © Succession Luigi Ghirri