"Mankind is to a city what flesh is to a skeleton. Without it, those
buildings and walls are the spectral frames of a chest radiograph. This is
the stripped city as seen by photographer Koudelka, who ambushed it at dawn when it was mere anatomy, divested of its citizens and empty, nothing more than expired history, a building tired of accommodating.
I see the walls, arches
columns, statues, lone
towers of our ancestors,
but I do not see the glory
This frank tirade came from the mouth of a disappointed Leopardi. He saw
no glory because it was covered and encumbered by life. Life, leaning against the walls, sprawling over monument and altar, squeezed into the Forums, camped out beneath the aqueducts. (…) The photographer, and above all
his foreign gaze, uncovers this. (…) He waits until they are out of shot and then focuses at once, like a chemical reagent, on the brazen glory, the chronic, celestial, dried-up leprosy of the city of Rome."
A beautiful collection of Koudelka's panoramic images, bound in accordeon.
Good / Thin slipcase is somewhat discoloured and has some light spots and wear all around. Hardcover has light signs of wear and light discolouration along the spine. Inside of the book in very good condition aside from some slight yellowing of the glue from the accordeon binding. This yellowing is on the rear of the pages and therefore not visible when viewing the book.
Author Josef Koudelka
Title Teatro del Tempo
Publication year 2003
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Peliti Associati