A Matter of Light

Nine Photographers in the Vatican Museum



ISBN: 9788869657528 Category:

Micol Forti, Alessandra Mauro


Documents the creation of a unique collection of contemporary photography for the Vatican Museums.

A Matter of Light brings together the eyes of nine masters of international photography called to interpret the prestigious and precious uniqueness of the Vatican Museums. It derives from the intention to constitute the first photographic collection within the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums. It is the first time that a Museum has commissioned a production of this type, aimed at constituting a new photographic collection inseparably linked to the museum itself, which becomes both its subject and its recipient.

The photographers chosen to work within the Vatican Museums are Bill Armstrong, Peter Bialobrzeski, Antonio Biasiucci, Alain Fleischer, Francesco Jodice, Mimmo Jodice, Rinko Kawauchi, Martin Parr and Massimo Siragusa. Each one of them has worked in distinct moments and on different aspects of this multiple museum, producing nine autonomous works that document and interpret the interior and architectural space of the halls, the flow of visitors and the memories that daily animate the people and spaces, the works on display and those conserved in the deposits, signs of wear and tear, and bodily traces.

Additional information

Weight 842 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 23.9 cm
Publisher name Contrasto SRL
Publication date 1 May 2019
Number of pages
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.7 x 23.9 cm
Weight 842 g
David Campany is an essayist, artist and art historian, with a particular focus on contemporary photography. He teaches at Westminster University in London. Giovanni Careri teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and at IUAV in Venice. Micol Forti has supervised the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums since 2000. Johanne Lamoureux is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Montreal. Alessandra Mauro is artistic director of the Fondazione Forma for Photography in Milan.