19.06_26.08.1945
Project info

artist book, 2010
published in 2014 by Danilo Montanari, supported by Podbielski Contemporary.

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FotoBookFestival Dummy Award 2012 _ 3rd Prize
Ponchielli Prize 2014 _ Best Book of the Year
Les Rencontres d'Arles Book Awards - Top Ten Shortlisted

"Created in the memory of Andrea Botto's grandfather Primo Benedetti, the book traces his journey through Northern Germany to his home in Tuscany after being released from a Nazi prisoner of war camp on June 19, 1945. Botto’s approach was to compile images from the internet by searching dates in tandem with the names of cities through which his grandfather passed. Pages of historical images are combined with 1:1 scale personal documents and letters sent to his family during his imprisonment. The resulting book feels as if the reader has discovered an encyclopedia of war filled with tender personal documents slipped between its pages." (Jeffrey Ladd on TIME LightBox)