Claude Nori – Italian Holidays
Inspired by his travels and short trips along the Italian coastline with fellow photographer Luigi Ghirri in the late 1970s, French photographer Claude Nori decided in 1982 to make snapshots at Italian beaches. A fascinated and passionate observer, he was interested in capturing the annual rituals of the Mediterranean lifestyle and its leisurely pastimes. This book of colour and black-and-white photographs reflects a fun atmosphere of beach games, first kisses, smiling girls in bikinis, seaside promenades, rows of Vespa scooters, splashing and swimming, and the exuberance of youthful cliques seeking to experience everything life has to offer in the short weeks of summer.
"Mothers begged me to take photos of their daughters, who asked me in turn to shoot a portrait of their boyfriends to whom they dedicated their beauty to. I imagined love stories between boys and girls who just wanted to be filmed and photographed together, between fiction and reality, lovers for a day or a summer."
Captured mostly in rich black and white images and some colorful splashes of yellow walls, red italian cars and green bikinis these atmospheric photos bear the imprint of a fascinated, passionate observer and stroyteller. Claude Nori succeeds masterfully in capturing that mixture of Mediterranean lifestyle and carefree holiday spirit that awakens memories and longings in us all. You can almost hear the jukebox hits of yesteryear in your head and smell the peculiar mix of sunscreen and the salty air.
|Verlag||Sturm & Drang|