ROVERSI, Paolo. Studio.
(Gottingen and New York): Steidl / Dangin, 2005. First edition. A limited publication of 1000 numbered copies. This copy is one of 200 numbered proofs. Large quarto. Unpaged. 60 evocative gatefold photographic reproductions. “Paolo Roversi is known internationally for his romantic, intense, and ethereal fashion images and portraits: photographs that quiver on the edge of their own seemingly fragile existence. A typical Roversi picture appears as if captured in the process of becoming–it develops on the page before our very eyes or, depending on perspective, it might simply vanish into the ether. Since 1980 Roversi has worked primarily with 8 x 10 inch Polaroids, and rarely on location. Designed as a series of sixty gatefolds, at first glance the book appears to be a collection of empty pages. The experience of looking is akin to that of peeling away the leaf from a Polaroid – out of the blackness an image is revealed as if by magic. In images that represent nearly two decades of work, “Studio” offers a self-portrait of the artist and a window into the place where he creates his art. These photographs are a mix of both the published and the highly personal, but all have the intimacy engendered by that place where Roversi feels most at home…Roversi often allows his images to fade before affixing them to their substrate. His long exposures at close range harness an aesthetic that dates back to the earliest days of studio photography, but with a renewed urgency that wavers somewhere between history and apparition. Stripped of the usual accoutrements of studio portraiture, Roversi’s subjects push back with a vulnerable intensity that reveals as much of the photographer as of the model. The images collected here function not only as a series of individual portraits but also as a collective self-portrait of the artist and the place that stands at the center of his work”–the publisher. A fine copy of this beautiful production housed in the publisher’s card slipcase as issued, together with the original packing box.
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