Tecla (1989 - 1992)

a tribute to Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

the landscape becomes an opportunity to develop a work that relates to the same codes of photography. An investigation that Zaffagnini has often pushed in his research, even experimentally (he even ripped up some photographs and exposed the fragments), always avoiding that devotion to the landscape as itself that has characterized the work of many photographers of his time.

For the author, day and night in Tecla mean also the positive and the negative in photography. Positive and negative do not mean only the two faces of the prints (the plate and the print), but also the light and the dark. Furthermore, Zaffagnini, treats colors as if they were, in a sense, black and white

On the whole, the sense that dominates Tecla is a strange balance between appearance and disappearance in the landscape.

Roberta Valtorta
excerpt from the introduction to the exhibition at Galleria Foto-forum, Bolzano, 2008.