Carlo Verri

Sounding Pictures

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315 x 315mm book size
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60 pages machine-stitched with red thread
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Photography is in fact a narrative.
If narrative in literature means the content of a written exposition, in photography aesthetic, visual content prevails. Jazz photography develops on different creative tracks, often borrowing the concept of standards where the same composition is proposed by different interpreters with great variety of exposition. It is precisely this plurality of interpretation that determines the richness and distinctiveness of this music. The subject “Miles Davis” for instance, is “told” in a very different way depending on who is behind the camera.
In attempting to investigate this diversity in photography, I became convinced that it is not a matter of defining talent, technicalities, intentionality of the shot, the search for the unusual or cultivating a congenital instinct.
The answer, trivial, perhaps obvious, lies in the individual before the photographer.
Verri photographs for the person he is: his photos, like himself, are direct, intense, sensitive.
His photography making is a combination of the search for careful realism, chronicling, classic reportage, far from the search for effect.

Carlo Verri, born in Milan in 1952, is part of a large group of great Italian jazz photographers who, often shoulder to shoulder in the same event, have documented the protagonists of Afro-American music with their valuable work.
He made his debut in the world of jazz in 1978 and his first exhibition was in 1980.
Over time he created an archive of more than 500 different artists. Prominent among them are names such as Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Pepper, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Regina Carter, Benny Goodman and, outside the jazz sphere, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Miriam Makeba, Ravi Shankar, Astor Piazzolla and others.
From 1982 to the present, he has published under his own name or with other colleagues, many volumes devoted to jazz and exhibited in Turin, Milan, Venice, Perugia, Siena, Terni, Ferrara, Biella, Cosenza, Lugano, Bergamo, Padua, etc.. Many of his photos have been selected for record covers and published in newspapers and periodical press. Besides Italy his works have been given to prints in Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany, Poland and the United States.
Among the most prestigious awards, the third world prize Jazz Photo ’87 held by the Warsaw-based magazine Jazz Forum deserves mention.
In 2001 an exhibition of his work at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa was purchased in its entirety by the City’s Jazz Museum. His work has been filmed by both RAI and private broadcasters.
Among the various publications