Un grande libro fotografico dedicato alla prima ballerina dell’Opéra di Parigi.
From Giselle to Polvere di Baghdad, from La prisonnière to St Prex Classics, the book presents evocative unpublished photographs by Massimo Gatti that capture and bring out many facets of a woman and an artist who appears, to the eye of the beholder, innocent and sensual at one and the same time. “The sense of grace and lightness conveyed by Eleonora Abbagnato’s bearing is further enhanced by his ability to immortalize the moment and capture the magic of eternity. Massimo Gatti has made photography his personal form of narrative and found his peak of expression in the involuntary poses of a performer who has succeeded with her artistry in astonishing and enchanting audiences all over the world … He blends the interpretive codes of photography with those of dance, and the resulting succession of images can be regarded as a purely visual text that finds expression in the lines drawn by the body of Eleonora Abbagnato.” (from the preface of Giuseppe Tornatore)
Once a dynamic entrepreneur, Massimo Gatti is now a highly respected professional photographer. Giuseppe Tornatore is a film director, screenwriter and producer. Valeria Crippa, journalist and ballet critic, writes for the newspaper Corriere della Sera.