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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Fotografie di Dino Pedriali

  • Year: 2011
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 128
  • Price: 38.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-056-6
  • Size: cm 24 x 29
  • Illustrations: 78 b/w
  • Finish: Tatami white

The book presents 78 photographs that Pier Paolo Pasolini commissioned Dino Pedriali to take over two sessions of two days each at his two houses in Chia and Sabaudia in the second week of October 1975. According to the photographer, Pasolini intended to use them in his last novel, Petrolio, which was published posthumously. Pedriali was to have met Pasolini to show him the photos on 2 November 1975, the day when the poet’s body was found on the beach at Ostia.

As in a film, the images take us with agonizing intensity into the life of the eclectic intellectual, his moments of work and recreation, writing, correcting and drawing, in his medieval hideaway or wandering through the streets. Some are taken from outside the house, penetrating the intimacy of Pasolini’s room to show him naked in a game of studied surprise and unawareness devised by the photographer and his subject so as to give the impression of “stolen” shots.

Conjuring up the imagery and poetics of Pasolini’s films, these previously unpublished photographs bearing witness to his legacy and the artistic talent of Dino Pedriali thus become part of our shared heritage.

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Dino Pedriali was born in Rome in 1950 and began working in the art world with the Turinese gallery owner Luciano Anselmino. His photographic initiation came in the early 1970s as assistant to Man Ray during a trip to Italy. The illustrious figures captured in justly renowned portraits include Giacomo Manzù, Giorgio De Chirico, Federico Zeri, Alberto Moravia, Federico Fellini, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol and Man Ray. The winner of the Terna Prize in 2005, Pedriali specializes in male nudes. Achille Bonito Oliva recently paid tribute to his career by placing him on the cover of the book La camera dello sguardo – Fotografi italiani.