André Frère Éditions, 2020. First edition. Softcover, 210 x 300 mm, 128 pp. , color illustrated throughout. Photographs by Jean-Marc Caimi & Valentina Piccinni. Text by Brad Feuerhelm (English / French). Design by Caimi & Piccinni.
Shortlisted for the Author's Book Award, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles 2020
Güle Güle (“goodbye” in Turkish) takes you on a surprising journey through the immense city of Istanbul, rapidly changing, bursting of energy and contrasts. Photographs are the result of Jean Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni's multiple relations with people and places, a fascinating humanity and visually striking and unexpected situations and scenarios.
Gentrification, the marginalization of the poorer classes, the increasing discrimination of homosexuality, the massive migratory influx of Syrian refugees and the Kurdish community issue are just some of the realities behind the subjects portrayed.The project is mainly organized in diptychs, with a constant dialogue between the images. Reality is deconstructed and reconstructed, favouring a free interpretation. Photographs have never been altered or retouched to enhance what they believe being immediacy and straightforwardness, coherent with the approach they had while doing this work.
The Güle Güle project received multiple awards: Special mention Kassel dummy-book award Shortlisted at Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award, Arles, France Shortlisted at Photoboox Awards – Photolux Special mention Premio Marco Bastianelli Winner at Sony World Photography Award in the discovery category Winner of Gibellina PhotoRoad Prize Finalist at Voies Off Screening Nights Finalist at Warsaw Photo Days