World music greats photographed by Guido Harari. On display in Perugia

At the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia, from June 29 to August 26, 2018 the exhibition 'Guido Harari. Wall of sound' with photos of music greats.

The greats of world music, from Leonard Cohen to Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen to Fabrizio De Andrè, are the protagonists of the shots taken by Guido Harari (Cairo, 1952), one of the most successful and important contemporary music photographers, and from June 29 to August 26, 2018 they are on display at the exhibition Guido Harari. Wall of sound, hosted at the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia. The exhibition is part of the Jazz goes to the Museum program, which will bring a series of concerts to the Gallery’s Podiani Hall.

The exhibition is curated by Marco Pierini, director of the Gallery, and presents, with more than 100 photographs, a broad overview of the work of a great photographer who, over a 40-year career, has captured with his images musicians of the caliber of Fabrizio De André, of whom Harari was one of the personal photographers, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Giorgio Gaber, Bob Dylan, Vinicio Capossela, Kate Bush, Vasco Rossi, Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop, Enzo Jannacci, Riccardo Muti, Miles Davis and many others.

“Guido Harari,” Marco Pierini points out, “possesses the rare talent of capturing the personality of musicians both in the course of the performance on stage and in the unfolding of the sessions-this time intimate and exclusive-during which the portraits take shape. In either case, the result is an iconic image that immediately settles into the collective imagination and even loses its chronological connotation. It happens with Springsteen’s Fender Telecaster raised skyward or Iggy Pop’s contortions, as well as with Philip Glass’s ’very self-understood’ portrait or Ennio Morricone’s ironic one. It becomes difficult, if one knows these images, not to automatically call them to mind first whenever one hears or utters the names of the musicians who animate them.”

Inspired by the great rock and jazz photographers of the 1950s and 1960s, Guido Harari established himself in the early 1970s as a photographer and music journalist. Over time he has also explored and deepened reportage, institutional portraiture, advertising, fashion and graphic design for his own books. He has signed numerous record covers for international and Italian artists, but Harari was also among the curators of the major multimedia exhibition on Fabrizio De Andrè, produced by Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, and the exhibition Art Kane. Visionary for the Galleria civica in Modena. The artist has since produced several solo exhibitions including the recent Wall Of Sound at the Rockheim Museum in Trondheim, Norway. His illustrated books include Fabrizio De André. And Then, the Future (2001),Strange Angels (2003), The Beat Goes On (with Fernanda Pivano, 2004), Vasco! (2006), Fabrizio De André. A Drop of Splendor (2007), Fabrizio De André & PFM. Evaporated in a Rock Cloud (with Franz Di Cioccio, 2008), Mia Martini. The Last Chance to Live (with Menico Caroli, 2009), Gaber. The illogical utopia (2010), Vinicio Capossela (2013), Tom Waits (2013), Pier Paolo Pasolini. Bestemmia (2015), The Kate Inside (2016). In 2011 he opened a photography gallery (Wall Of Sound Gallery) and a publishing house of limited edition catalogs and volumes (Wall Of Sound Editions) in Alba, where he has resided for years, entirely dedicated to the imagery of music.

The exhibition can be visited during the Gallery’s opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday from noon to 7:30 p.m. (last admission at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets: full 8 euros, reduced 4 euros. For more info you can visit the National Gallery of Umbria website.

Image: Guido Harari, Leonard Cohen, Milan, Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Oct. 23, 2008

World music greats photographed by Guido Harari. On display in Perugia
World music greats photographed by Guido Harari. On display in Perugia

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