Shortlisted for the Dummy Award 13 at Fotobookfestival Kassel | Shortlisted for the Paris-Photo Aperture Foundation First Photo Book Award 2013
Selected as one of the Best Photobooks of 2013 by Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Tom Claxton, Alec Soth, Cristina De Middel, Manik Kaytal, Tomoki Matsumoto, Colin Pantall
Lorenzo Vitturi’s work is often found at the intersection of sculpture and photography and his latest project, Dalston Anatomy, saw him spend time in London’s Ridley Road Market taking pictures, making sculptures and creating collages with materials and objects he found amongst the debris of the marketplace. Vitturi’s process is largely concerned with the creation, consumption and preservation of images. The makeshift sculptures he created mimic the organic and temporary nature of the market, and their documentation is the way in which they endure after diminishing. The book is bound in exquisite Vlisco fabrics in bright patterns that are reminiscent of African markets and accompanied by a poem by Sam Berkson that layers voices from the market to draw on its disjointed and surreal atmosphere.
The second edition of Dalston Anatomy will embrace the shifting nature of the market and like the sculptures within it, quietly transform. Housing all of the same characters, sculptures and objects from the first edition, it will be like seeing the market from a subtly different angle, or taking a second glance. In keeping with the ever-changing nature of the market, the books will be bound in different, new fabrics.
"This book isn’t a boring treatise on the distinction between sculpture and photography. It is a fluid, almost musical incorporation of different mediums and cultural influences. (...) The fact that this joyousness makes the book sing should be a lesson for photographers and bookmakers." — Alec Soth
"This is one of those rare books made with so much love and passion, a purchase you will definitely not regret." — Erik Kessels
"This young Italian living in East London near the most culturally diverse market in London has produced a great book showing both his constructed still lifes of goods from the market and assorted head shots, both abstract and real." — Martin Parr
"Artist Lorenzo Vittiuri adopts an array of materials and practices to choreograph this vibrantly animated portrait of London’s Ridley Road Market. Discarded debris is transformed into glorious sculptures, playfully sequenced alongside the markets cacophony of characters, in a delightful celebration of rich creativity." — Tom Claxton