- AREA MEDIA
- L’Artiere Editions
For quite some time, or to be more precise, for a few years, the Italian print shop
Grafiche dell’Artiere’s calendar has dedicated itself to photography. Nobody nowadays would deny that photography is a full-blown art form.
Twice the focus lay on the still life, epitome of the iconography of time and the transience of our existence. In 2010, fashion was chosen as a new topic.
For the year 2011,Gianni Giulianelli and Maddalena Gracis, established contact with the international photographic cooperative Magnum.
The latter could be convinced of the outstanding quality of the publication, that lately had been conceived as a large-format luxury volume.
And so it readily opened its archives.
So far the calendars have been inspired by the principle that the images selected should not just refer to the general topic, but should also serve as poetical illustrations, as it were, of the seasons and months. After spending a long time delving into the archives of the independent cooperative, and studying the ‘concerned photography’ of these firsthand witnesses and photojournalists, I decided on the topic of the festivals, ceremonies, and rituals uniting people
A topic which in an ideal manner conforms to the concept of a calendar. Once again the designers Gianni Giulianelli and Maddalena Gracis very creatively have structured the sequence of the calendar, that will survive as a book, and on thedividing sheets pays loving tribute to the twenty-two international photographers and their images. Quite deliberately I have also included pictures by photographers no longer alive, that by and by have acquired a firm place though in our collective visual memory. Pagan and religious feasts, Hindu or Islamic ceremonies, images from India, Japan and Australia, from South America, the United States and Europe mark the seasons of the year.
Thanks to the generous cooperation of Magnum, the designer’s great commitment, and the printer’s painstaking efforts we are here able to present to the world a truly remarkable volume of images.
Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction wholly owned by its photographers.
With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples, events, issues and personalities.
From the stunning to the historic to the bizarre, Magnum’s contribution to the Festivals, Rituals and Celebrations Calendar is rich and real.
The images selected for this project highlight the cohesive yet diverse global community continually documented by Magnum’s photographers.
As you’re drawn through this magnificent work, you will revel in some of the most
extraordinary images ever captured; from Herbert List’s Picnic by the Baltic (1921) to Cristina Garcia Rodero’s “Kumbha Mela” sacred festival (2007), come prepared to be yet again amazed at the world surrounding us all as seen by Magnum photographers.
“Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to
transcribe it visually.”