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CLAUDE NORI PRESENTS "STROMBOLI" (CONTREJOUR, 2015)

On Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 6pm, Palazzo Santa Margherita

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When Apr 23, 2015
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An important meeting is planned at the Galleria civica di Modena, where on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 6pm, the well-known photographer Claude Nori will be special guest. In the main hall of Palazzo Santa Margherita, in corso Canalgrande 103, he will in fact present his book “Stromboli” (published by Contrejour, 2015). The initiative, to which entrance is free, is promoted as part of the exhibition The Cinema Show. Fotografie dalla collezione della Galleria civica di Modena, curated by Daniele De Luigi and Marco Pierini. The exhibition itinerary covers a whole century of cinema, from the photos by Anton Giulio Bragaglia shot on the set of his “Thaïs” in 1917, right up to the Italian and international protagonists of films of more recent years: from Woody Allen to Robert De Niro, and from Carlo Verdone to Paolo Sorrentino.

On this occasion, Claude Nori will present a photo book produced in the wake of a journey to Stromboli that the artist made between 1989 and 1990. Inspired by the unbridled passion that exploded there at the end of the 1940s between Roberto Rossellini and the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman – who after seeing ”Paisà” and “Roma città aperta” sent the director an outright declaration of love to which he responded by inviting her to shoot the film “Stromboli’” with him – Nori went to seek out the elements of its inspiration in the landscapes and colours of the island. “The first time I boarded the boat for Stromboli – he writes – I was filled with wonder like a child thumbing through the pages of an album in search of his favourite characters. Mine were in black & white, set against the furore of the volcano and lava, where the tumultuous love of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman was consumed. Then, during my second trip there, I took the hand of Gino, the woman I loved, and suddenly the island strangely started to look like her.” (Collection Cahier de voyage, Contrejour, 1991)

Claude Nori, photographer, writer and publisher, born in 1949 in Toulouse, the son of Italian parents, discovered photography in 1968. He understood very early on the expressive potential of the photographic medium, especially the freedom and the lightness that it allows, leaving one free to set off to discover other people, the world and oneself. His first exhibition, on the outskirts of Toulouse, was held in 1971. In 1974 he moved to Paris and met Bernard Plossu. He then founded Contrejour, a publishing house and art gallery in Montparnasse which soon became a reference point for photography on the cultural scene of the day. Contrejour published many of the first books by artists such as Édouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau, Luigi Ghirri and Sebastião Salgado, to name but a few.

After having worked for Vogue and the Daily Telegraph, in 1975 he published his first photography book, shortly followed by two films and numerous other autobiographical books revolving around Italy, love, nostalgia for one’s adolescence and his fascination with Neorealist cinema. 

His exhibition at the “Maison Européenne de la Photographie” in Paris, 2012, underlined the importance of his work as an author: he looks upon the photo book as a unique space of creation, an unparalleled territory in which to experiment with an original language, suspended between reality and fiction.