William Wylie

A stunning book on the famous Carrara marble quarry in Italy!
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
George F Thompson Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Eric Scigliano
Illustration :
32 duotone photographs and 20 color photographs by the author
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781938086755
Pages : 84
Dimensions : 10.5 X 11.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


A stunning book on the famous Carrara marble quarry in Italy.

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 the sculptures carved from its stone.

Wylie is the first photographer to extensively document Cava di Gioia since Ilario Besi, who worked in the mid-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 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.

About The Author

William Wylie is the Commonwealth Chair of Art at the University of Virginia and Director of the Studio Art Program whose photographs have been exhibited widely and are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and Yale University Art Museum, among others. In 2005, Wylie was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Memorial Fellowship in Photography. His other books include Pompeii Archive (Yale University Press, 2018), designated a Notable Photo Book of 2018 by photo district news, Route 36 (Flood Editions, 2010), Stillwater (Nazraeli Press, 2002), and Riverwalk (University of Colorado Press, 2001), which won the Colorado Book Award.

Eric Scigliano has written for Discover, Harper’s, National Geographic, New Scientist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and his books include The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World (Moutaineers Books, 2019), Michelangelo’s Mountain: The Quest for Perfection in the Marble Quarries of Carrara (Free Press, 2005), and Love, War, and Circuses: The Age-Old Relationship Between Elephants and Humans (Houghton Mifflin, 2002), also published as Seeing the Elephant, among others.

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