Photo London 2017

18—21 May 2017
Inspired by the late John Berger, Large Glass presents ‘Ways of Seeing’, a specially curated exhibition of four photographers, one British and three Italians from the Northeastern region of Romagna. For Berger, ‘the relationship between what we see and what we know is never settled. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.’ 

In this display we take Berger’s insight and present a visual story of surprise, of detail, of the overlooked.

Peter Fraser’s way of seeing immerses the viewer in a world of layered urban textures and details. His series ‘The Flower Bridge’ (1982) presents a collection of images of inner-city Manchester in unexpected delicacy. Forests of grey tarmac are delineated by small flashes of colour – the eye is led to a bright green billboard or an explosion of blossom against the monochrome streets. This is the first time this unique series of 14 colour vintage prints has been shown since their creation in 1982.

Guido Guidi’s photographs focus on the neglected hinterlands, wastelands and in-between spaces of the Veneto and Romagna regions, close to his home in northern Italy. Guidi is interested in mapping the subtle changes of familiar places. His photographs reveal the cultural and historical layers of places – abandoned factories, grey, flaking tower blocks, waste dumps. For Guidi these scenes present a way of seeing Italy, a window onto post-industrial decay and the changing landscape.

Marcello Galvani was taught by Guido Guidi and lives in Massa Lombarda, in the province of Ravenna. Galvani’s work presents – on the surface – a more pastoral vision of the Italian landscape. Tree leaves blow in the breeze and fields and the foreground gives out to a field of swaying crops. Yet at the margins of his pictures are electricity pylons and tarmacked roads: the marks of an encroaching modernity.

Cesare Fabbri, a former assistant of Guidi, is also inspired by local scenes in and around his home city of Ravenna. Yet in Fabbri’s photographs, a dreamlike logic dominates. His recently completed series and book ‘The Flying Carpet’, portrays the everyday magic that is in front of our eyes. A tree covered in mesh netting seems disquieting, like an alien invader. Fabbri’s work, through humour and irony, mines the sense of surprise we find in the everyday, asking the viewer to be open to the unusual, the odd. Both Galvani and Fabbri are showing their work in London for the first time.
Cesare Fabbri, Peter Fraser, Marcello Galvani, Guido Guidi

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