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Geflutete Kathedralen (Underwater Cathedrals)
Silvio Maraini

Geflutete Kathedralen, Underwater Cathedrals, Silvio Maraini

Geflutete Kathedralen, Underwater Cathedrals, Silvio MarainiGeflutete Kathedralen (Underwater Cathedrals)
Silvio Maraini
English and German

Text by Benedikt Loderer.

112 Pages
240 x 240 mm
ISBN 9783716517161


Swiss journalist and photographer Silvio Maraini documented empty underground water tanks – one of the most rarely visited places. These “underwater cathedrals” seem like empty temples being held up by majestic columns. Maraini took the chance to take these incredibly beautiful and powerful photos during the yearly clean up sessions. He had no idea what awaited him: some water tanks still had some water and others were filled with fog.
In his pictures the photographer Silvio Maraiani presents a space in an entirely different light. “A reservoir of water is also a container of patience – a piece of eternity is stored here. Later after the next ice age, archaeologists, will find this untouched burial chamber and ponder the rites that must have been celebrated here” – Benedikt Loderer in his foreword.

About the Artist 
Silvio Maraini is a photographer from Switzerland.

About the Publisher 
Benteli Publishers looks back to more than hundred years of history and has made its eminent name by publishing catalogues of international art exhibitions, artist´s monographs and work catalogues, publications in the area of photography as well as the history of art. Editions about Hodler, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Giacometti, Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle are some of the highlights of the program. A major focus of publishing is the promotion of Swiss artistic work. Therefore, every year significant monographs and artist´s books of renowned Swiss artists form part of the program. Furthermore, the scene of young artists has become more and more central creating an exciting counterpoint to the traditional art world. Another important commitment relates to newly reviewed topics of art history, atmospheric photo essays and aesthetic-artistic journeys in pictures. Besides the high quality demands regarding the content the publisher puts a strong emphasis on a constructive co-operation with graphic designers, artists and authors. In so doing the edited books – by their high artistic and technical quality – bear witness to the commitment of all participants in the development of each project.

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