STORIES. A journey from photography to literature by the photographer Paolo Gotti.
The photographic series is inspired by the compelling plots of some of the greatest stories of all time all over the world. Literature depicts the complexity of the world. But if the novels are a reflection of reality, it is equally true that the reality often takes inspiration in their plots.
With the photographic series STORIES the photographer Paolo Gotti conducts an investigation diametrically opposite to the one of the publisher in search of a book cover. Gotti started, in fact, by the photographs he took personally in his countless trips around the world, and then found the stories that could ideally be linked to the images. Each image is associated with a quote from books very different from each of them: great classics and contemporary novels, collections of short stories or historical narratives.
STORIES includes visual interpretations of Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe, Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë, Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy, Treasure Island (1883) Robert Louis Stevenson, Tales of the South Seas (1921) by William Somerset Maugham, On the Road (1957) Jack Keruac, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez, The name of the Rose (1980) by Umberto Eco, The Mexico Dust (1992) by Pino Cacucci, Ocean Sea (1993) by Alessandro Baricco, Shame (1999) by JM Coetzee, ending with The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy.
13 images for 12 novels by different authors that Paolo Gotti loved, that somehow have marked his personal history, as well as his travels and his pictures, taken throughout the last forty years all over the planet.
S T O R I E S by Paolo Gotti
December 16th, 2014 – February 19th, 2015
Teatro Duse’s Foyer, Bologna