Two Thousand Light Years from Home. Pietro Mattioli.
Photographs by Pietro Mattioli
Text by Urs Stahel (in English and German)
Designed by Winfried Heininger
Published by Kodoji Press, 2012. First edition of 700 copies.
Beautiful and creative publication from a small Swiss publisher Kodoji Press. The book is a collection of photographs by Pietro Mattioli, taken while he was strolling around his neighborhood, all within easy walking distance. A young father at that time he had to remain close to the house. There were hardly any light in his quiet quarter, so he used a flash light to isolate and photograph things around: gates, fences, trees, rocks, flowers. Mattioli focused on the objects that are mostly ignored in our everyday life, - banal, boring, ordinary.
As a book this is a wonderful object. It has a plain cover of light-pink with the title type around the cover’s perimeter (a reference to Mattioli zigzagging his neighborhood). Folded sheet of the book remain uncut on the edge, revealing deep pink. Photobook printing and binding also offers tactile experience.