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Jack London. The Paths Men Take. Photographs, journals and reportages



Jack London. The Paths Men Take. Photographs, journals and reportages

Preentation of the book Jack London. The Paths Men Take. Photographs, journals and reportages, published by Contrasto, edited by Alessia Tagliaventi.

With Alessandra Mauro, David Campany and Sandro Veronesi.

In the years between 1900 and 1916, Jack London took more than twelve thousand photographs. He called his photos “human documents” and they were as valuable to him as his novels, short stories, journalism and editorials. He took his first significant images in 1902, during the period he spent in the depths of London’s East End. Over the years, London’s interest in and devotion to the photographic image was to grow and develop, leaving us a substantial archive of images which, in many cases, enter into dialogue with his writing.

The book published by Contrasto presents a selection of photographs and extracts relating to some of the “stories” London recounted during those years. Alessandra Mauro, publishing director of Contrasto, and David Campany, writer and curator, will be discussing about London’s photographs. Sandro Veronesi will introduce the US author, while actor Lucio Veronesi will read some of Jack London’s “stories” featured in the book.


Alessandra Mauro is art director of the Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia in Milan since its foundation (2005) and publishing director of the publishing house Contrasto in Rome. As a curator, she conceived and organized several photographic exhibitions. As publishing director of Contrasto she curated and published various books and catalogues. She teaches Photography at the DAMS [Performing Arts Subjects] of the University Roma 3 and she collaborates with the collection of contemporary art of the Vatican Museums for photographic projects. Among her publications: Photoshow. Le principali mostre della storia della fotografia, 2014 (Italian edition: Contrasto; English edition: Thames&Hudson) and Lo sguardo da sud (Napoli, L’Ancora, 1999).

David Campany is a writer, curator and artist, working mainly with photography. He has written over two hundred essays for museums and monographic books, and contributes to Frieze, Aperture, Source and Tate magazine. For his writing, he has received the ICP Infinity Award, the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, the Alice Award, a Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, and the Royal Photographic Society’s award for writing. Recent curatorial projects include “The Open Road: photography and the American road trip” (various venues, USA, 2016-), “A Handful Dust” (Le Bal, Paris, 2015; Pratt Institute New York, 2016; the Whitechapel Gallery London, 2016; the Moderna Museet Stockholm, 2017), “Walker Evans: the magazine work” (various venues in France, Poland, Belgium, Italy, Australia and New Zealand). He teaches at the University of Westminster, London.

Lucio Veronesi (Rome, 1994) studied acting in Rome. In 2014 he participated to an intensive course on Chekhov at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, and in the following year he was admitted to the three-year BA (Hons) Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he is currently completing his second year.

Sandro Veronesi, born in Florence, Tuscany in 1959, is an Italian novelist, essayist, and journalist. He published his first book at the age of 25, a collection of poetry (Il resto del cielo, 1984) that has remained his only venture into verse writing. Since then, he has written five novels (including Caos Calmo, Strega Prize 2005, later a film with Nanni Moretti), three books of essays, one theatrical piece, numerous introductions to novels and collections of essays, interviews, screenplay, and television programs.


Date: Thursday, June 01, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free


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