UNEXPECTED GEOGRAPHIES: PLACES, MAPS, EXPLORATIONS
It may be that, to paraphrase Herman Melville, real places are not on the maps. Surely, however, most of the existing ones have been consigned to our knowledge, as well as to our memory, by a photograph. Revealing unknown worlds, showing territories and paths more or less accessible has been a real mission for many photographers, since the dawn of photography itself. Especially in times when travel and exploration were not within everyone’s reach, an image could allow you to cross a border at least with your imagination.
Even for photographers, it’s true what Fernando Pessoa wrote: “Travels are travellers. What we see is not what we see, but what we are” (The Book of Disquiet). So, every author who, in the company of a camera, has tried to tell a portion of our small but boundless world has given us not only a series of evocative images but a map, a vision of life and art, an idea of photography. In this suspended and frozen time, when our movements are reduced to a minimum, we wanted, with this issue, to broaden our horizon through photography, following the steps of some of the many authors who have pursued the theme in a masterly, original, often surprising way.
Have a good trip!