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Lorenzo Castore has known Silesia for 20 years and I've known Lorenzo for 20 years and I've seen him work again and again with beautiful energy and dedication. Some photographers only see pictures but Lorenzo sees people and he loves what he sees. His pictures are never cruel, never flattering. They are honest. Full of a real, true respect.
Land is a story about the place and people belonging to it. A personal reflection on the place where the traditions of different cultures mix with one another, the place that witnessed to events that erupted with the World War II, the place which industrial prosperity is already over, where the past gives way to the present.
For the first time, Lorenzo Castore came to Gliwice in the late 1990s, looking for a new way to express his emotions. Enchanted by the people he met on his way, he returned to this side in nearly 20 years. The book is a summary of his wanderings, it is a photographic diary of travel that exceeds the frame of time. In his story, Lorenzo focuses on people. Although they remain unnamed for us, we feel special sympathy for them, this kind of closeness that is possible only when it is honest. And this is exactly what Castore's photography is like: balanced, focused, respectful and open to other people. And this is exactly what this book is like.
There is a strange timeless solitude in Lorenzo's photographs. He is a wanderer who sees and captures moments of daily life and then shares them with us. They communicate an emotional beauty that gives meaning to walls, streets, landscapes, women, men, children… all this is photographed with great empathy and a special, distinct sense of light.
The book is a result of the artistic residence of Lorenzo Castore organised in 2018 as part of the Czytelnia Sztuki project by the Museum in Gliwice, Poland.
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IN THE PRESS
- Fotopolis (in Polish)
- Cape (in English)
- Dziennik Zachodni (in Polish)
- Discarded Magazine (in English)
- Bildband Berlin’s TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS OF 2019
- Cape's TOP 10 FAVORITES PHOTOBOOKS OF 2019
BRONZE AWARD – Tokyo International Foto Awards 2019 – Book/Documentary
- BRONZE AWARD – PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2019 – Book/Monograph
- Honorable Mention – International Photography Awards™ 2019
- Honorable Mention – Moscow International Foto Awards 2020 – Book/Documentary
Photographs: Lorenzo Castore
Essay: Wojciech Nowicki
Book design: Aneta Kowalczyk
Photo edition: Lorenzo Castore, Aneta Kowalczyk
English translation: Justyn Hunia
Proof reading: Jason Lowther
Cover: hard, clothbound + dust-jacket
Inserts: 2 collages of old maps, pictures and postcards (700x408 mm, 480x408 mm)
Format: 210x280 mm
Number of pages: 224
Number of photographs: 117
Language version: English
Print run: 600 copies
Printing: Argraf, Warsaw (Poland)
Publication date: March 2019
Publisher: BLOW UP PRESS / Muzeum w Gliwicach