Limited Edition Books, Etchings, Colour Lithographs, Gelatin Silver Photographic Prints Photographic Portfolios By K.N. Chaudhuri
A collaborative venture between Professor K.N. Chaudhuri, historian, author, and artist, Officina Bodoni/Stamperia Valdonega, Fine Letterpress Printers in Verona, and Giulio Giannini, Handbinders in Florence.
K.N. Chaudhuri has produced under the imprint of Schifanoia a series of combined photo-texts and images which attempt to express through linguistic sign and visual means a distinctive interpretation of landscape. The research techniques of history and critical analysis are used not only to select the sites and landscape locations but also to convey a sense of their importance and significance. The unique printing techniques developed at the Stamperia Valdonega, one of the greatest printing houses in the world, provide a quality of book production and reproduction quality that are increasingly difficult to obtain in a world governed by cost considerations. Likewise, the skills of Giulio Giannini, Florentine family of book binders since the 18th century, have turned the limited-edition books into objects of rare beauty.
K. N. Chaudhuri is a historian, writer, and artist. He has travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean to document and photograph historical sites, ancient port-cities, and caravan towns. Currently, he is the Vasco da Gama Professor of the History of European Expansion, European University Institute, Badia Fiesolana, San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence, formerly Professor of the Economic History of Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and he was elected to Academia Europaea in 1995. He received the Don J. de Castro Prize in International History, awarded by the National Commission for Portuguese Discoveries, Lisbon, 1993. Author of numerous books and articles, his new work From the Atlantic to the Arabian Sea: A Polyphonic Essay on History with twenty-one photographic illustrations (edition limited to 240 copies) was printed at Stamperia Valdonega and published in 1995. He has held one-man exhibitions of his photographic work in London (1991) and in Florence (1994 and 1995). He now lives in Borguto, Fiesole, London, and France.