© Archivio Luigi Ghirri
© Archivio Luigi Ghirri
© Archivio Luigi Ghirri

LUIGI GHIRRI

Born in Scandiano, Italy, in 1943, Luigi Ghirri started taking photographs in 1970. All his intellectual sharpeness can be represented by one of his most famous quotes: “there are no thoughts without images and there are no images without thoughts”.  From 1973 he worked as a publisher/graphic-designer  while simultaneously working on 2 of his initial series: Kodachrome and Breakfast on the Grass. In the same year, Ghirri held his first solo exhibition and in 1975 he was selected by Time-Life as one of the best photographer of the year. Since 1978 Ghirri had exhibitions around Italy Europe and more recently in USA. In 1979 his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale. From 1983 he worked mainly on important commissions on Italian architectural and landscape projects. Luigi Ghirri died suddenly on 14  February 1992. He is considered to be among the twenty most talented contemporary photographers and his photographs are included in the world’s most important private collections and public museums. His work is a sort of critical itinerary through architecture, literature and rock music. Photology has been representing his vintage photographs (works available for sale) since 1999 with a touring retrospective  Luigi Ghirri – 70/70, in Milano and Bologna in year 2000, in 2007 with the show Luigi Ghirri Chronologies (exhibition still available) and the group exhibitions Italian photoartists (curated by Achille Bonito Oliva) and 20forU.