Earlier this week on 18 November, I visited the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma (National Central Library of Rome) and was lucky to kill two birds with one stone. The Italo Calvino exhibition ("I libri degli altri". Il lavoro editoriale di Italo Calvino until 31 January 2014) and Yuri Dojc photography exhibition ("Last Folio" until 27 January 2014) are currently running at BNCRM. I will share on the Italo Calvino exhibition in another post, coming soon!
Here are a few shapshots of the book portraits from the Yuri Dojc exhibition that I liked.
|Some snapshots I took (I)|
|Some snapshots I took (II)|
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Serendipity led Yuri and the documentary film team to an abandoned Jewish school in eastern Slovaskia, where time had stood still since the day in 1942 when all those attending it were taken away to the camps... the school books are still there, essay notebooks with corrections, school reports, even the sugar still in the cupboard... These decaying books lying on dusty shelves; the last witnesses of a once thriving culture, are treated by Yuri Dojc as the individual survivors that they are - each book captured as in a portrait, preserved in their final beauty, pictures speaking a thousand words. (Source: BNCRM)
ABOUT YURI DOJC: August 1968, Soviet tanks occupy Czechoslovakia and Yuri's status of a summer student in London changes overnight to one of a refugee. A year later he lands in Toronto where he still lives. Four decades later Yuri Dojc is a major figure on the global photographic scene. He has earned considerable recognition for both his commercial and artistic ouvre. His work ranging from portraits of Canadian war veterans to cityscapes is exhibited and published regularly. (Source: BNCRM)
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