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Francesco Merlini
Better in the Dark Than His Rider


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Born out of a reflection on the nature of images and their nocturnal vocation, Better in the Dark than His Rider is both a fable and a survival guide. The collected work by Francesco Merlini spans different years, possibly quite distant from one other; shot in all four continents, his pictures reveal the unique perspective of someone who, like a sleepwalker guided by ghosts, seeks for something nameless. The title is drawn, almost literally, from a 19th century manual of optics. The original sentence – “[…] much better in the dark than his rider” – refers to a horse’s night vision compared to a human’s.

The selected sequence of pictures unravels around the transitional stage between wakefulness and sleep, engaging with hypnagogia as a sensory yet dreamlike mode of semiconscious representation. Images make up mind’s psychic contents. If in dreams self-consciousness is suspended and images look real to the extent that we are sleeping, when dozing we can consciously guide them because partially aware that we are dreaming. Stated otherwise, in lucid dreams we know we are faced with the contents of our imagination, whose edges appear hallucinatory. Dreaming is a perpetual state we do experience both asleep and awake. Thanks to imagination, the dream matter turns into the mind’s real object again.

23,5x31cm
80 pages
Hardback with embossing on jacket
Black printed page edges
Offset CMYK + UV

Paper:
Munken Lynx Rough 150 g/m²
Fedrigoni Sirio Nero 140 g/m²
Wibalin Natural Slate 120 g/m²
Wibalin Natural Petal 120 g/m²

Printed in Italy by Longo spa
First Edition July 2023
Second Edition October 2023

ISBN 978 88 944622 8 9

45 € EUR
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Vera Muratet
Tout va bien


23 € EUR
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July 2023

Tout va bien by Vera Muratet, bordering between art and photography, is not a book for children but by a 10-year-old girl. Inspired by 19th century science books, it is a talking bestiary populated only by very young animals, in accordance with the secret affinity between portrait and self-portrait. In the book, photographs by her father Myr Muratet provide a backstory to Vera's drawings. With an essay by François Chiron.

11x15,5cm
Hard cover
Offset CMYK + Offsetlack Semi-Matt

114 pages
Paper:
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Fedrigoni Woodstock Giallo 110 g/m²
Wibalin Finelinen Buttermilk

Printed in Italy by Longo spa
First edition of 1000 copies

ISBN 978 88 944622 9 6

23 € EUR
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July 2023

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Yelena Yemchuk
УYY



57 € EUR
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July 2022

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Winner PHotoESPAÑA
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Shortlisted
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Paris Photo / Aperture
Awards 2022


УYY
is an acronym for Україна Yelena Yemchuk, meaning the Slavic word for «Ukraine» followed by the name of the Kyiv-born author of the present book. Given the misleading resemblance between У and Y, the title may at first appear to be «why-why-why».

The publishing project brings together the author's photographs, paintings and personal archive to bring out the essential elements of her wide-ranging and heterogeneous research.  The story’s time is disjointed in fragmented visions, fleeting appearances, and shadow games.

Україна Yelena Yemchuk is like a daydream unfolding backwards. From last to first, each chapter provides a makeshift compass in order not to get lost in a maze of exceptions and coincidences.

The book is an invitation to escape from within the confines of common sense, to surrender to the vertigo of memory, to engage with the author in an inner and intimate dialogue through the image.

www.yelenayemchuk.com

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17,5x24,5 cm
Hard cover with embossing
Dust jacket
Offset UV

160 pages
Paper:
Munken Lynx 150 g/m²
Fedrigoni Savile Tweed Aubergine 120 g/m²
Fedrigoni Sirio Perla 80 g/m²
Fedrigoni Ispira Purezza 150 g/m²
Fedrigoni Sirio Color Nude 140 g/m²
Gardagloss 115 g/m²

Printed in Italy by Longo spa
First edition of 1000 copies

ISBN 9788894462258

57€
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Press review and interview:

Conscientious Photography Magazine by Jörg Colberg

Cadrages, interview with Yelena Yemchuk by Daria Scolamacchia

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Francesca Todde
A Sensitive Education


35 € EUR
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With A Sensitive Education the photographer Francesca Todde explores, through the figure of bird educator Tristan Plot, the possibilities of empathy between different natural species. The narrative, far from being a naturalist documentation, is rather focused on the emotional sphere and sensitivity of birds and humans. The photographic research develops in resonance with the delicacy of this wordless dialogue.

Tristan is a bird educator specialist in soft methods. He prepares birds for participation in theatre and dance performances or film documentaries. He also works on the new concept of ornitotherapy and mediation through the animal, creating contact between birds and people with disabilities, the elderly, prisoners, in order to promote new sensations and create a deep reconciliation between birds and humans.
When he was a child, in the forest behind his parents’ house in the Touraine, Tristan noticed that, if he remained still for a long time, the animals came out of the vegetation and it was possible to observe them. Even today, this practice of slow approach, respecting the rhythm of nature, remains essential to his educational method. Since he studied ecology, biology and ethology at the university, he developed an educational technique at the intersection of imprinting, traditional training and positive training. His method is a set of observation and predisposition of mind in harmony with the environment, according to the sensitivity of the other and in relation to expression and behavior codes which are different from the human ones. Tristan, through the intuition of animality as something delicate, subtle and minimal, defines the relationship with birds as an exclusive bond able to reconcile the rhythm of the species with the individual one. His research is based on the understanding of the sensitivity of birds and aims to recover that ability, which got lost over the course of evolution, of perceiving the minimal variations and micro movements that are the expressive world of animals.


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by Francesca Marcaccio Hitzeman

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Selected exhibitions:
Circulation(s) Paris
Cortona on the Move
PVF Helsinki
ARCOOP wall project Geneve
Les Boutographies (projection)
Les Nuits de Pierrevert 
BYOPaper! Les Rencontres d’Arles

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Premio Amilcare G. Ponchielli for the best italian photobook 2020/21.

Special mention at Premio Marco Bastianelli for the best italian photobook of 2020.

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35 € EUR
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2nd edition of 500
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112 pages
155x215 mm
Hard Cover
4-color offset with UV inks
First Edition January 2020
300 numbered copies
Second Edition May 2021
500 numbered copies
Publisher: Départ Pour l’Image,
ISBN 978 88 944622 2 7

Luca Reffo
444/
Celestial Means of Locomotion


25 € EUR
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444 are the days Vincent Van Gogh spent in Arles, from February 1888 to May 1889 before moving to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

444 is the name of an ongoing project, a selection of works including paintings, photographs, and drawings.

The project is a reflection around the exceptional nature of 444 days, an interval of time in which Van Gogh transformed Arles and all of its surrounding territory, from Montmajour to Sainte-Marie-de-la-Mer, from Fontvieille to the countryside of Provence, in an open-air study. His research, driven by the desire for brighter colours and the dream of Japan and new business opportunities, lead him to a revolutionary vision of painting, in particular, landscapes that can be perceived as a measure of the feeling and mirror of the soul of the world.
444, through the rereading of the real and symbolic elements of the territory, it brings together the evocative dimension of the image with the introspective and visionary nature of Van Gogh’s letters. It expresses from a different point of view his extremely devoted research aimed at conceiving beauty as a synthesis of the spirit.

Luca Reffo
www.lucareffo.it

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40 pages
210mm x 280 mm
Fedrigoni Milk, Woodstock Cipria and Favini Salmone

100 numbered copies
2022 (II edition)
ISBN 9788894462272

25 € EUR
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