Photo Essay

The Ferrara Streetbook

No exit /1

The stories and novels of the Italian author Giorgio Bassani (1916-2000) are all set in Ferrara. They are collected in one volume: Il romanzo di Ferrara - The romance of Ferrara.

Bassani describes a closed city.

Closed by its city wall, its long blind walls in town, its closed doors and shutters, its inhabitants, outcasting its Jewish citizens in the late thirties and forties of the twentieth century.

He also describes the existential fears of his protagonists, their loneliness, solitude and isolation from which there is no escape.

I have tried to translate the melancholic atmosphere of Bassani's stories, that feeling of no escape from loneliness, solitude, exclusion and discrimination into the photographs.

This book is like a long walk in the footsteps of Giorgio Bassani. The imaginary path I followed is linked by association, similarities, shapes, patterns, tones and/or subject. Sometimes the links will be obvious, sometimes not. Some photos are very abstract, expressionistic, many are not.

The essay The lonely hearts club band, which I published here some time ago, is also part of my book, which is for sale in the blurb book store: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/471228 .

In this essay I show you chapter 2 - No exit

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  • Freddy Sarabia

    Freddy Sarabia   gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    Great shots I now want to find your book.

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