I just received the book commissioned by the city of riccione for the 90th anniversary of the founding of the city. I know too well, reading around on the internet, that this publication has caused a lot of controversy, on whether it was opportune making it and the quality of the result.
normally I’m not so much into justifying my actions, but I believe it is appropriate in this case, given that public money has been spent (in truth, as far as I know, more or less, the project was sponsored by a bank …) .
but let’s talk about my work. I was asked to recount the city of riccione in the now, in the present, in the present, in 2012.
I gave it a lot of thought, how to solve it. we discussed about it a lot and talked, with stefano and denis, the two people who accompanied me on this adventure. in the end we thought the best thing was to let the people talk: their faces and their clothing would have told the story of an italian city in 2012. if you think about it, Pico’s photo that ends the book, apparently taken in the 70s, reveals his historic with the girls’ clothing, who then will have seemed – to the respectable eyes of the contemporaries – two crazies.
here is the photo in question:
it was decided then where to point my lens, towards the people, photographed in 7 landmarks of the city (the beach, the spa, the acquafan, the city centre shopping, avenue ceccarini, the historic centre and the coccoricò)
I’ve already written in the past about how, at that point, I decided to shoot it, I’ll repeat it now: trying to be as neutral and invisible as possible. I know that photography is NEVER neutral, but I did my best so that it was as much as possible.
I never wanted to, even for a second, take a good photograph: and believe me, it would have been very, very easy. I’ve never built up any scene, I’ve never dramatised anything.
I wanted to do the simplest thing that photography can do, to document. I read somewhere that I didn’t even bothered removing the rubbish on the floor in the photos at the disco, but it was there! and yes, I am a little ashamed (for treason), but while taking the pictures I had him in mind.
these photos are not at all retouched, nothing for nothing. they tell the reality, that IS the reality. you may not like it, but then you do not like the contemporary, which is a theme any of us faces daily.
the before is always the most romantic, but the now is increasingly true.
thanks to denis curti, stefano bellavista, simone bruscia margherita cenni and the whole town of riccione with its mayor massimo pironi.