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In conversation with Balter Books: Gabriele Magazzù, Carmen Colombo, Aminta Pierri, Marco Marucci.  © Marco Benna / Phom
In conversation with Balter Books: Gabriele Magazzù, Carmen Colombo, Aminta Pierri, Marco Marucci. © Marco Benna / Phom

In conversation with Balter Books: Gabriele Magazzù, Carmen Colombo, Aminta Pierri, Marco Marucci. © Marco Benna / Phom

Tha audience at the event organized by NoPhoto, Phom and Balter books. © Marco Benna / Phom
Tha audience at the event organized by NoPhoto, Phom and Balter books. © Marco Benna / Phom

Tha audience at the event organized by NoPhoto, Phom and Balter books. © Marco Benna / Phom

Work in progress. © Marco Benna / Phom
Work in progress. © Marco Benna / Phom

Work in progress. © Marco Benna / Phom

Carmen Colombo,
Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo,
Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo,
Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo,
Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo,
Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

Carmen Colombo, "Al di qua delle montagne" - Balter books.

 

Phom is carrying on its personal scouting in the world of the independent publishing. Inside the last edition of Paratissima, in collaboration with NoPhoto, on November 1st we had the pleasure to share a moment to talk with Aminta Pierri, Balter Books founder, and the photographer Carmen Colombo. The chance has been the release – hot off the press – ofAl di qua delle montagne(On this side of the mountains). Carmen’s work has been shortlisted by the careful eye of Laura Tota, part of the curatorial team in the NoPhoto section, and thus shown in the larger frame of Paratissima.

Balter books is an actor who has just jumped on the stage of the independent publishing, but its debut is marked by its name: Balter is and old Anglo-Saxon word – quite hard to translate – which mean a dance with no rule. Balter deals with rhythm, dynamic and spacial perception.

Aminta Pierri has clear ideas, and when she meet Carmen, during the studies in the Luz Academy in Milan, she immediately see a potentiality in her and in her sensitivity, despite the photographer being so young. She begins to help her developing the project and following up the progress. She provides her motivation and the structure that we find while browsing the pages of the book.

As a result of a aware authorial course, the images taken by Carmen are part of a very personal research on the Brianza territory, made of symbolism, repetitions, metaphors which we can see in the urban landscapes and in the portraits as well. Common detail of these images is a cold glance, even if sometimes ironic, over the views of an unknown Lombard town which, missing captions or indications, becomes emblematic of all the city of norther Italy. Aiming to reconnect the empathy with the reader, we have the portraits. They are the only images in which we can find human beings and which are characterized by a surreal aspect as well. Some passerby offers its figure while blankly staring, maybe dreamy or lost, in alienating scenes.

During the talk, Aminta explains how the idea of the book took its shape and how its professionality has driven her choosing some of the images, and how these images have been inserted in a larger concept in which we can find the layout, the paper, the printing technology, the binding and the well aware choice not to use any text, expect for a small flyer which comes with the book.

It’s hard to follow the photo-book reality, everyday expanding and evolving, in Italy and abroad as well. Having the chance to listen to someone who has its own path in the inside of this ferment is – thus – extremely interesting. We can’t wait to browse the pages of the next Balter Books issue, sure it will be a confirmation of the skills of this young publisher.

Marco Marucci

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