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Geoff Dyer & Vittorio Bongiorno

June 25 @ 18:30 - 20:00

At Micamera, the month of June ends with two writers talking about photography. As always, they will be signing copies of their books at the end of the talk. Free entrance, reservation is recommended (here). The talk will be in English.

We look forward to seeing you for:

GIRL IN SWIMSUIT ON A ROOF (WITH SHARK)
a conversation on photography’s mysteries
by and with
Geoff Dyer & Vittorio Bongiorno

June 25 @ 18:30 20:00

Who is that girl in what might be an Olympic swimsuit standing on the roof of a building, that might be in the center of a city, that might be New York? Who took that photograph? When? And why does the girl have a small inflatable shark next to her?

These simple questions are the starting point for a discussion on photography and its implicit mysteries between writer and filmmaker Vittorio Bongiorno and British writer and essayist Geoff Dyer, who is considered one of the most important contemporary storytellers.

Starting with a selection of photographs taken from the imagination of the two authors (Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Luigi Ghirri, Ferdinando Scianna, Helen Levitt and others) and from the thoughts on photography underlying Dyer’s masterpiece ‘The Ongoing Moment‘’ (in its Italian translation, ‘L’infinito istante’, out of print for some years and finally republished by Il Saggiatore in 2022), Dyer and Bongiorno will investigate the nature of photography and the impenetrable mystery that hovers behind this two-dimensional object that appeared barely a couple of centuries ago.

An attempt will be made to understand why very different photographers, living in far-away cities, distant continents, significantly different periods, who sometimes knew each other and sometimes not, took the same pictures of streets, hands, hats, windows, nudes, doors. And we will try to understand whether the arrival of the smartphone might be the swan song of a still relatively young art or just its umpteenth transformation.
Dyer can look at things that others cannot see. Bongiorno will try to make him tell us about them.

photo above: Unknown girl, unknown author, Vittorio Bongiorno collection

Vittorio Bongiorno’s book “City Blues” (EDT, 2016) will also be available.

As Micamera is located in Italy, Geoff Dyer’s book on photography ‘The Ongoing Moment’ will be available in its Italian translation

Geoff Dyer
L’infinito istante. Saggio sulla fotografia
Il Saggiatore, 2022

softcover
15 x 21 cm, 392 pages
b/w photographs
translation by Maria Virdis

buy it here

Geoff Dyer is an English author. He has written a number of novels and non-fiction books, some of which have won literary awards. Dyer has written the following genre-defying titles: But Beautiful (on jazz); The Missing of the Somme (on the memorialization of the First World War); Out of Sheer Rage (about D. H. Lawrence); Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It; The Ongoing Moment (on photography); Zona (about Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker); and Broadsword Calling Danny Boy (about Brian G. Hutton’s 1968 film Where Eagles Dare). In 2019, Out of Sheer Rage was listed by Slate as one of the 50 greatest nonfiction works of the past 25 years. He is the editor of John Berger: Selected Essays and co-editor, with Margaret Sartor, of What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney.

Vittorio Bongiorno is an Italian writer, musician and filmmaker, born in Palermo in 1973. He debuted quite young with the novel “La Giovane Holding” (Comix, 1997), the psychedelic noir “In Paradiso”(DeriveApprodi, 2001) and the Bildungsroman “Il Bravo Figlio”(Rizzoli, 2006), receiving rave reviews by Fernanda Pivano in the Corriere della Sera newspaper. The novel “Il Duka in Sicilia” was published by Einaudi Stile libero in 2011. The book “City blues. Music, people and stories of Los Angeles, Berlin and Detroit” was published by EDT in 2016. He wrote and directed the documentaries: “Dark Was The Night” (2010), “Zucchero: Nudo e Crudo (Naked & Raw)” (2017), “Greetings From Austin” (2018) e “Songs With Other Strangers” (2019). His latest film “Ask the Sand” (2023) aired on SkyArte. He contributes to the newspaper Il Foglio and lives in Bologna.