Luigi Ghirri
[Photographer, b. 1943, Scandiano, Italy, d. 1992, Reggio Emilia, Italy.]

 Any photographed human being is always a photograph. 
 Paradoxically perhaps… the moment a photographer thinks he is showing us reality is the moment when it is most distant. 
 The ultimate role of photography as a contemporary language of visual communication consists of its capacity to slow down our fast and chaotic way of reading images. 
 What good is such sharp sight when we are in a dead end? 
 [Photography is] a great adventure in thought and sight, with a magical toy which miraculously manages to marry our adult awareness with the fairytale world of childhood. 
 …photography always implies subtraction, or a sense of something missing, something outside the frame. 
 Many people, when writing about photography say that it always shows what we already know—that which is common knowledge. I think this assertion should be corrected to say instead: photography always shows what we think we know. 
 The meaning that I am trying to render through my work is a verification of how it is still possible to desire and face a path of knowledge, to be able finally to distinguish the precise identity of man, things, life, from the image of man, things, and life. 
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