The geographical and analytical reading suggested by the map thus dialogues with a large-format projection, a sort of backdrop in which all the images are ordered in short sequences according to purely formal and compositional criteria.
The catalog, edited by Silvana Editoriale, is also based on the travel guide and, in the very limited choice of buildings and images, tends to reinforce the homogeneity of the book. The visual storytelling is enriched with critical contributions and annotations that the photographers produced during or after their campaigns. The personal travel diary is rich in observations, anecdotes, suggestions and thoughts which interact with the images and help to strengthen their informative value. These travel diaries, although short, reveal each person’s sensitivity and personality. Read as a whole, they constitute an aesthetic reflection on the practice of photography: From these lines emerges a common cognitive tension, an endless relationship to places and space, a reflection on the perception of time and light, on the direction of travel. and the “photographic” pleasure of discovery.
At the end of the exhibition, all the photos will flow into the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, thus enriching a public cultural heritage that is already of considerable value.
“With great professionalism, each photographer has agreed to put his creative experience at the service of a choral story,“ objective ”, which in terms of coherence and breadth of conception and fidelity of execution has its roots in the public of the 19th and 20th centuries. missions and constitutes an ideal continuity ”, concludes Giovanna Calvenzi, president of the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
This story originally appeared in AD Italy.