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Foto Povera
Giorgio Wolfensberger [see all titles]
Edition Patrick Frey [see all titles]
Giorgio Wolfensberger Foto Povera
Edited by Margarete Berg and Urs Stahel.
Text by Urs Stahel.

Graphic design: Moiré, Marc Kappeler.
published in January 2019
bilingual edition (English / German)
21 x 25,5 cm (softcover)
240 pages (170 color ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-906803-79-1
EAN: 9783906803791
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First monograph dedicated to the artistic freelance photography of industrial photographer and filmmaker Giorgio Wolfensberger. Beginning with the black-and-white documentary photography of his first years, the publication then documents a rich body of colorful photographs depicting with humor, the strangeness of everyday life and its objects.
Giorgio Wolfensberger was born in 1945 in Zürich, grew up in Winterthur and died in 2016 in Umbria, which he'd made his adoptive geographical and political home. He was not only an industrial photographer, filmmaker, slide-show specialist, expert on and writer for the Swiss modern dancer and dance teacher Suzanne Perrottet, sleuth extraordinaire for archival photographs; he was also a collector and photographer equipped with a seventh sense for the things of this world. He seems to have been a magnet for the peculiarities of everyday life, departures from the norm, the play of objects, the humorous and the grotesque, as though his eyes, nose and fingers were probes immersed in physical reality. Whether on assignment for an exhibition project or a book, roaming freely on the prowl in the city or driving around the countryside, he always discovered something unusual in the commonplace, something of his own in the general, something rich in the poor, something strange in the norm. This book brings together his artistic freelance photography for the first time, to form a cabinet of curiosities, a variegated cabaret of things. Beginning with the black-and-white documentary photography of his first years in Italy, he gradually developed a rich, humorous, colorful photo povera, an enchanting, pensive dance of “poor” plain things.
— Urs Stahel
Giorgio Wolfensberger (1945-2016) lived and worked as a photographer, filmmaker, photo editor, exhibition organizer, and author in Switzerland and Italy.