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Wylie Carrara
by William Wylie
with an essay by Eric Scigliano

A stunning book on the famous Carrara marble quarry in Italy!

The legendary Cava di Gioia quarry in Carrara, Italy, was the source of the luminous white marble used by Michelangelo, Bernini, Henry Moore, and other renowned sculptors. Carrara, a volume of stunning photographs by William Wylie, reveals that the beauty of the quarry itself can be as the sculptures carved from its stone.

Wylie is the first photographer to extensively document Cava di Gioia since Ilario Besi, who worked in the mid-twentieth century. For six years, Wylie photographed the changing landscape of the quarry, and his images capture the intense physical scale of the site, the dramatic setting, and the character of the stonecutters, or cavatori, who have worked the quarry for generations. Wylie's astonishing photographs present a remarkable panorama carved by more than twenty centuries of excavation. As well, his images of the stonecutters are sensitive portraits of men shaped by their occupation, toughened and enlivened by their work.

The photographs of Carrara capture the life within the stone and bring to life the hitherto-unseen beauty of a land better known for its resources than its distinctive beauty.


Listen on UVAToday how this celebrated professor of art composes photographs. The secret, Commonwealth Professor of Art Bill Wylie says, is to "make" a photograph, not "take" one.



$35.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
84 pages with 32 duotone photographs and 20 color photographs by the author
11.5" x 10.5" landscape
ISBN 978–1–938086–75–5

Published in 2009; re-released in February 2020.

Distributed by Casemate/IPM
No e-book has been authorized.

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