Guido Guidi & Gerry Johansson : Verso Nord
Stefania Rössl in conversation with Guido Guidi and Gerry Johansson, Stefania Rössl, Massimo Sordi (Eds.)
Hartmann Books, 2021
In 2019, Guido Guidi and Gerry Johansson – two of the great masters of analog photography in the 20/21st century– took part in the „Verso Nord“ photography campaign, which was organized as part of the P=S+N project in Castelfranco, Veneto and the surrounding area. While Guidi focussed his attention on the historic centre of this small town, concentrating on architectural material in order to capture in detail, the layers of history and time, Johansson moved around the area of urban spread, assessing through photography the cultural imagination of northeastern Italy, where architecture and nature, residential buildings and space become special witnesses of a casual landscape, one with uncertain, mysterious features. Guido Guidi, by shifting his point of view – obtained through the use of a large format (8×10”) camera – identifies a tool for verifying reality, raising new questions about photography and its inherent codes. Gerry Johansson extracts the substance of the places he encounters through traditional black-and-white photography. He aims at recomposing the fragments of a public imagination composed of micro-landscapes, poised ambiguously between estrangement and objectivity.