Paolo Roversi, Reciprocal Confession

Publication

2021

Paolo Roversi is an Italian photographer born in the small town of Ravenna. His minimalistic approach to portraiture earned him global acclaim, allowing him to later move his practice to Paris where he continues to be one of the most sought-after fashion photographers in the world. With over 50 years of experience, Roversi has worked in a number of different industries and clients, even beyond fashion. Advertisement, film and exhibition photography are few amongst a long list of areas Roversi's work has appeared, commissioned by international clients such as Vogue, The New York Times and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In celebration of  over half a century of success, this publication aims to document the immense body of work signed; Roversi. Its contents span from his very first published shots up to his most current work, organized in a way that places his unique vision of photography front and center. He is known for his signature style; simple compositions with soft, organic texture, often employing the use of blur and in-camera affects.

The cover reflects these qualities, by having indistinguishable shapes wrap around the entirety of the book. Delicate type is encased in a framing device, referencing Roversi's almost exclusive use of the film format. The table of contents is purely typographic, and references the contrasting maximalist nature of some of his projects. Layouts largely focus of showcasing his photography, with type playing a secondary yet present role. Text-heavy pages include small images in support the content of that given spread. Others contain almost only images, with fine type providing further context.