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War Souvenir

Paolo Venturta

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ISBN 10: 8889032979 / ISBN 13: 9788889032978
Published by Contrasto, 2006
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Title: War Souvenir

Publisher: Contrasto

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition....

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Synopsis:

It is World War II. The corpse of a soldier lies someplace in the mountains of central Italy; in Milan, a German hidden in the cellar of a house in Via Monte Nevoso is captured by partisans; in Turin, German soldiers look at the body of a member of the partisan organization, who has just been killed in a shoot-out.

These are only three of the photographs Paolo Ventura has included in War Souvenir, a book which reflects and recounts the crude intensity of that war. But unlike the work of other photographers, Ventura’s pictures are clearly fake: the images are the result of meticulous preparation, and each one presents a non-existent but apparently truthful memory. The soldiers are dummies, the scenes and objects in which they act are all in miniature.

Ventura represents war as a game in a grotesque dollhouse, but he does so without abandoning either war’s emotion or its pain. His photographs constitute a profound and surprising reflection on the power of documentation and memory.

About War Souvenir, Francine Prose wrote: "Looking at these photos creates a moment of suspension, a melancholy hush in which we almost imagine we can hear whispers about the riddles of life and death, time and age, childhood innocence and adult knowledge, art, war, history, and such questions as: What are we seeing? What do we think we are seeing? And what we are concluding about what we think we are seeing?"

About the Author:

Ventura, like Arbus, began as a fashion photographer. He spent his childhood listening to war stories. The author of ten highly acclaimed novels, Prose is a contributing editor at Harper's and writes on art for the Wall Street Journal.

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