Eternal Impermanence is the first major retrospective dedicated to an American photographer who based his existence on spiritual research in both art and life. Chappell’s adventurous life-story is for the first time brought together with over 250 photographs, including a mock-up of the unpublished work World of Flesh.
The exhibition tells the story of his relentless investigation into the creative potential of photography; his constant shifting from one coast to the other of the USA before finally retiring to the remote pueblo of El Rito in the north of New Mexico; his intense relationships with key characters in the world of photography, such as Minor White, Edward Weston and Beaumont Newhall; and his strong bonds of affection with his three wives and, equally importantly, his three partners, with whom he had six children.
Above all, this retrospective foregrounds his dogged investigation into the creative experience itself, with a view to achieving an essential equilibrium between form and content. In Chappell’s images, this essence immediately comes to the fore, as beautiful, strong and transparent as it is crude and explicit.
Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino
Largo Porta Sant’Agostino, 228
41121 Modena, Italy
Saturday and Sunday 11-19
€ 5,00 (for all the exhibitions)
free admission: under 12, visitors with disabilities, press, “Amici di Fondazione Fotografia” members
admission fee for all visitors every Wednesday