Paolo Roversi: Studio

Paolo Roversi


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120 pages
Book / Half-linen
33 x 28.6 cm
ISBN 978-3-86521-758-5

First published in 2005, Studio features nearly two decades of Paolo Roversi’s hugely influential studio portraiture. Now released in an unlimited edition, Studio promises a closer look at this distinctive body of work, as striking as it is hauntingly familiar.

Within the confines of his Paris studio, Roversi photographs subjects in 8x10 Polaroid format, often allowing his images to fade before fixing them to their substrate. His long exposures at close range harness an aesthetic from the earliest days of studio photography, but with a renewed urgency that wavers somewhere between history and apparition.

Stripped of the usual accoutrements of studio portraiture, Roversi’s subjects push back with a vulnerable intensity that reveals as much of the photographer as of the model. The images collected here function not only as a series of individual portraits, but also as a collective self-portrait of the artist and the place that stands at the center of his work.

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