Item description for Mimmo Jodice: Light (Spanish Edition) by Valerio Deho & Walter Guadagnini...
This third volume of Damianis Unpublished photography series, which seeks out revealing unknown work from familiar artists, follows up Mario De Biasis unpublished journalism in People and Franco Fontanas Unpublished Notes with Mimmo Jodices Light. This volume marks the first time in Jodices long publication history, from his early socially conscious Neapolitan work through his best-known Mediterranean, that hes done a book in color.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.1" Width: 9.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
ISBN 8889431229 ISBN13 9788889431221
Reviews - What do customers think about Mimmo Jodice: Light (Spanish Edition)?
Impressive overview of Jodice's colour work Sep 6, 2006
I'm immensely intrigued by Mimmo Jodice's photography. This Italian artist is leaving us with a sprawling body of work, much of it in a quitely modernist, very poetic vein. Jodice's photographic look speaks of silence and transitoriness, isolation and decay. All of his images have been published in black and white. Now "Light" for the first time brings together his colour work. As Jodice himself explains in a characteristically brief note, colour has been ephemeral in his photographic development. He only used it in the context of professional assignments, or for serendipitous experimentation. So, from his point of view, his colour portfolio lacks the rigour that is so characteristic for his other projects.
"Light" exploits this absence of rigour in a most effective way. Whilst leafing through the book, images zap crisscross along a timeline spanning 30 years. But although there are no surprises in terms of motivic choice - some images are almost exact duplicates of some of his famous black and white photos - this particular sequence creates an atmosphere that is very different from the other Jodice books I know. Jodice's colour universe is a very harsh place. It testifies of unspeakable violence and groundless emptiness. In "Light", the slightly surrealist and uncomfortable, Mediterranean sense of place that is often conjured up by this work - I am often reminded of De Chirico's metaphysical paintings - gives way to a Dantesque world of mutilation, paralysis, grief and hubris.
Although Jodice's use of colour is very subtle, the mere presence of colour must have something to do with this surprising modulation into violence. Many of the images instantly shed their black and white restraint and become more explicit, almost operatically so. Maybe there is a synergistic effect between the baroque splendour of Jodice's motives - almost all of them vestiges of a long bygone past - and the use of colour. Maybe the muted, calcareous halftones - so characteristic for the antique relics of statues, walls and tombs - remind us of the delicacy and fragility of human flesh. I don't really know. Fact is that this book, by virtue of its use of colour, its particular selection of images and the rhythm with which they have been put together, shows us a very different Jodice than the one we have grown accustomed to. In that sense, this book is a very valuable addition to my photographic library.
Just a few more remarks on the production of the book. I deplored the absence of a dust wrapper. The format is handsome and the printing quality is good. The pictures are prefaced by two rather short (and to my mind dispensable) essays by Italian writers.