On Luigi Ghirri

In Source 84 I review Luigi Ghirri’s recent exhibiton at the Douglas Hyde Gallery:

‘Ghirri’s images are always in a state of conflict. To find that path to knowledge is a kind of quest in his work, battling the demons of vapidity and the emptiness of modernity. Photography itself is a symptom of what is wrong – photographs of failed and pathetic attempts to depict a contemporary sublime (pornography, celebrity, fashion) appear in his own photographs; they are like faded icons, put in shop windows and the windows of houses, signals of a desire for transcendence which they can never achieve.’

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