THE MULTIPLE AREAS OF EXPERTISE
 
In the Gori’s pictures we can see a progressive specialization of the photography of the region, seen as a detailed information on a constant and brain driven alteration of the territory itself by the hands of Man.
The visual language and the scale of aesthetic values in the Gori archive do not privilege so much the creative moment of photography, but rather the whole space of the Community that is represented so that Life can be told, the chronicle of a social reality to which the photographer felt he belonged.
 
Not very focused on the technical-aesthetical problems and  intolerant to the excessive technicality  that the profession was experiencing at that moment, the Gori Brothers, and especially Giuseppe Gori that supervised the activity until it’s closure, conveyed in to their photographic production features that reflected that mentality, those expressive methods and the creative purpose, influencing accordingly the choice of subjects, the layout scarcely refined, the attention posed to catch the action, the moment when the image becomes a record.
The historical and documentary relevance of the archive is testified by the photographic reportages paid and commissioned by the Public Sector and by the various authorities and consortiums for Land reclamation in Maremma, as “Ente Maremma” and “Consorzio Bonifica Osa Albegna”. Instead on behalf of some Councils and of the Tourist Board, many reportages where realized aimed more at the landscape, and more that testify to the rapid development of the Grosseto Province.
 
But in the more then four thousand reportages one can find also Photographs that document social events, related to the history and the cultural life of the town, sporting events, strikes and protest marches, political figures that visited the town ,religious ceremonies, to the post war reconstruction and to the expansion of the provincial capital in the Fifties and Sixties, the urbanization of the rural areas, life in the factories, workshops, manufacturing shops, mines , farms.
 
To all this is added the private reportages that document weddings, christenings, local fairs, the social and family life of entire local communities. A largely varied asset that is difficult to value, as most of these “minor” reportages are still on negative, but of which the historical importance is  nevertheless undoubted.
If considered under this aspect, one can understand why the Gori family has been called the “Alinari “ of Grosseto. Strongly present in the life of the local community, well aware of the connection that tradition and knowledge of the surrounding area establish between the producers and those who enjoy the photographic language, the Gori’s are born and bred in Grosseto as “village photographers.”
In Gori’s photos one could find, so to speak, a bit of everything: from the life on a farm to a rich party,   from the laying of bitumen on the road to a religious procession, from weddings to political rallies, from the great infrastructure and civil works  to the fruit market.
 
 
The photographs of the Gori’s do not speak a single language; they present the observer with a multiplicity of languages reproducing that variety of contexts and situations that occurred, recreating by an eclectic language the dynamism and the structure of a society in rapid movement and transformation.
The Gori Archive therefore, thanks to it’s preservation of assets and the knowledge of historical-conservative techniques and of operative procedures in external and studio  photography, lends itself to an extraordinary usefulness not only to outline the historical profile of the Studio and of it’s photographic production, but also for the use of it’s material as a reliable historical source. Therefore the Archive allows to reflect not only on the history of photography but also on the History itself through photography. The Gori Archive allows, as the local institutions have already understood, the reconstruction of the History of Grosseto and Maremma during the second half of the twentieth Century through it’s images, answering so to that “widespread need to regain the roots of it’s own territory”; a story so much more significant as it was produced by people in Grosseto, as the Gori family was, for the people of Grosseto, as where their customers.

Grafica: Margherita Cardoso - Traduzioni: Vittoria Vivarelli Colonna e Cecilia Grilli - Realizzazione: Stefano Guerrini lgsg.it: Siti Internet Grosseto

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