One year after the first "Italianen" exhibition in Ghent, another one in the same area where the photos were taken is coming. I feel a sort of unrest wondering whether the public will identify himself in such photographs. What will they say about the photographs? Was I able to catch the peculiarity of that 50+ years old community? Such questions produce a kind of chain of thoughts and reflections about the goal of my book "Italianen", whose photographs will be the main core of the exhibition in CC Muze. During these ten days before the opening of the exhibition I will post some reflections which I hope you will find interesting and stimuating
Italianen: a document or a narrative?
When starting a project like this one the photographer has to aks himself a fundamental question: am I documenting a reality as a sort of scientist or journalist "writing" with images? Or am I rather interested in narrating a story? The answer arrived quite fast; I opted for the second way. I started the project sure of making a photobook; "the book as destination, the narrative as objective" said once Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna. He produced the best examples of narrative by means of photography, "not books of photos but books with photos". I recognized in his words the ideal of my photography and my project about Italians in Flanders found its final goal: not a social document, but a narrative where all the things were implicit, never explicit, "not a journalistic language, but an attempt of literary language".
To be continued...