A TALK ON ARCHITECTURE IN PHOTOGRAPHY
by Pedro Gadanho & Paolo Rosselli
Pedro Gadanho - Paolo Rosselli - A Talk on Architecture in Photography: Photographs by Paolo Rosselli is the fisrt of four publications focused on each of the Dueto/Duelo sessions that fostered a critical debate related to Architecture, Art and Image between architects and photographers, which took place in 2016 in Casa das Artes of Porto, Portugal. Even though this book has as base the talk between Pedro Gadanho and Paolo Rosselli, it amounts to much more than the rich exchange of ideas between these two authors. In fact, this book foretells the significant and close collaboration between the authors, editors and designers, particularly the passionate work with Paolo Rosselli resulting in a judicious selection and juxtaposition of images and text, combined with thoughtful layout and design.
The making of this book was an inspiring experience that allowed to create a visual narrative where the sum is greater than the parts, which allows for an innovative reading and a more insightful understanding about the thoughts, work and artistic strategies of Rosselli photography. With this book, the public will have a privileged insight over Rosselli's photography work and how it relates to architecture and the city, as well as the author's diverse artistic strategies and how as a photographer he grasps the world. In his own words "My view of the world is already a collage, it's a sort of a "set". I think about the "set", I prepare it, and then I go around the city, and I try and propose to see the world in this way." In fact, this "new perception" occurs when the photographer stops or suspends his analytical look and indulges in a wider and more tolerant perception of what exists around him: in that moment the gaze towards architecture becomes also a personal experience of a place. This is one of the sides of architectural photography; the side that is less focused on the building as an architectural object and more open to suggestions and implications that a building establishes with the everyday life of a city.