Published in English for the first time, this volume of essays contains 68 texts written by Luigi Ghirri between 1973 and 1991. Ghirri wrote texts for his own publications, for magazines and newspapers, as well as private notes that he committed to paper – where his thoughts might settle and then depart in new directions. Ghirri was a voracious reader, and the exercise of writing always accompanied his photographic practice. In these texts, he approaches the same subjects at the core of his photographs, distilled through a different medium – themes of identity, time, memory, vision, representation, and sense of place. At the same time Ghirri reaches outwards, as he explores the history of photography, considering the works of Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Walker Evans, William Eggleston, Robert Adams, John Gossage, weaving in references to a plethora of musicians, writers, architects and painters alike.