Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781930066984 Published May 2009


William Wylie


William Wylie

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

With an Essay by Eric Scigliano
84 pages | 19 color plates, 32 halftones | 11 3/4 x 11 | © 2009
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781930066984 Published May 2009

The legendary Cava di Gioia quarry in Carrara, Italy, was the source of the luminous white marble used by Michelangelo, Bernini, Henry Moore, and other renowned sculptors. Carrara, a volume of stunning photographs by William Wylie, reveals that the beauty of the quarry itself can be as alluring as the sculptures carved from its stone.

            Wylie is the first photographer to document Cava di Gioia since Ilario Besi, early in the twentieth century. For six years, Wylie photographed the changing landscape of the quarry, and his images capture the intense physical scale of the site, the dramatic setting, and the character of the stonecutters, or cavatori, who have worked the quarry for generations. Wylie’s astonishing photographs present a remarkable panorama carved by more than twenty centuries of excavation. As well, his images of the stonecutters are sensitive portraits of men shaped by their occupation, toughened and enlivened by their work.

            The photographs of Carrara bring to life the hitherto unseen beauty of a land better known for its resources than its distinctive beauty.

Pietra Viva
By Eric Scigliano
The Plates
Creating a Geography
List of Plates
About the Author and the Essayist
Review Quotes
Photography Collector
"The photographs . . . capture the life within the stone and bring to life the hitherto-unseen beauty of a land better known for its resources than its distinctive beauty."
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