Polaroids – Carlo Mollino
187 pages, hard bound
Carlo Mollino (1905–1973) was the kind of man who created art wherever he turned his attention: buildings, automobiles, fashion, furniture, and photography.
Polaroids contains mere hundreds of the approximately 2000 Polariod cards that were found in everyday white letter envelopes after Mollino’s death and – because his executors saw no value in them — stored unsorted. The images strongly evoke the era during which they were shot, each model becoming progressively more nude in a style belonging quintessentially to the 1960s and early ‘70s.
Shot indoor against a variety of interesting backgrounds, with evocative lighting choices and microscopic paintbrush alteration, there’s a seedy, gritty, and profoundly moving and hyper-realistic eroticism to them that would be impossible to capture on more glamorous film.
This first-ever collection of rarely viewed photos also includes a compelling biography.