Edited by Corrado Benigni, Text by Teju Cole and Corrado Benigni
A sequence of 99+1 images by Giovanni Chiaramonte, that, while individually significant, together acquire an extraordinary narrative force.
Infinite Realism brings together 99+1 photographs, many of them never published before, taken over a period of two decades from 1980 to the early 2000s. This volume forms an organic overview of Giovanni Chiaramonte’s complex work on the representation of the landscape and the urban view, developed after a long period of theoretical reflection.
In this exploration, Italy offers a privileged vantage point: its territory, which appears as a stratification of cultures and civilizations, tells the story of the whole of the West at a glance. Italy is therefore a “contemporary space,” as it encompasses different eras that are visible simultaneously. The Italian landscape serves as the matrix for reading and understanding the West as a whole—its culture and destiny. It is the lens through which Chiaramonte explores.
About The Author
Corrado Benigni is a poet and author of the poetry collections Tribunale della mente (Interlinea, 2012) and Alfabeto di cenere (LietoColle, 2005). Teju Cole is a photographer, critic, curator, and the author of several books. He was the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine from 2015 until 2019. He is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard University.