PHOTOBOOKS CHALLENGING THE EDGES OF THE MEDIUM. A conversation with Paul Kooiker about two newsprint editions on photobooks, in cooperation with Erik Kessels and published by APE: Terribly Awesome Photobooks and Incredibly Small Photobooks
The wonder of innocence / Gina Lollo brigida. Magica innocenza. English Lollo brigida, Gina, 1928- New York : H.N. Abrams, 1994 192 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 32 cm
In this, her fifth book of photo graphs, world- renowned actress/ photographer Gina Lollobrigida has created a brilliantly colorful, surrealistic journey into a fantasy world of children and animals. The result of many years of travel to all corners of the world, The Wonder of Innocence offers a dreamlike, child's-eye view of life. Full of spontaneity, whimsy, and her great imagination, Gina Lollobrigida's photographs are the result of a new and personal technique she developed, one involving the painstaking joining of a multitude of images. The photographs are coupled with quotations from poets, philosophers, politicians, and artists as diverse as Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, John Keats, Charles de Gaulle, Oscar Wilde, Confucius, Mark Twain, and Albert Einstein, as well as by proverbs and snippets of local folklore. A foreword by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, an introduction by Lollobrigida, and essays by Carlo Rubbia, Ernesto Caffo, and Fulco Pratesi further illuminate the themes explored in the photographs.
This enchanting, original volume reflects Lollobrigida's love of children everywhere and her respect for animals, and offers the underlying hope that someday, children and adults and all creatures can live together in harmony, in a world free from destruction, war, and ecological disaster. Captured in her photographs is her belief that if we do not appreciate the nature that surrounds us, we lose the ability to dream. Gina Lollobrigida is not only an actress but also an accomplished painter, sculptor, and photographer. The Wonder of Innocence represents a departure from her previous books, which are more journalistic and dramatic. Lollobrigida is a photographer interested primarily in the human experience, searching for truth and the beauty around us. She tries to capture real emotions and does so with gentle humor, by, as she says, "creating with my camera the most beautiful images of my childhood dreams."