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Cecilia Verilli
Federico Carpani

Memory Game

“Playing a traditional memory game is already a difficult game, but this one made by Cecilia Verilli and Federico Carpani challenges really your visual and mental strengths. As the amount of images we see everyday increases, it’s interesting to see what stays with us, whether the world’s visual clutter has affected our ability to look closely, or even if we can recall the subtleties of Verilli’s personal family pictures.
The game is on…”

Erik Kessels     

After editing a selection of photographs from Cecilia’s countless family albums, the authors turned the material into a find-the-pair game. Heavily cropped portraits of the young girl together with animals, toys, ice creams, costumes, laughter and tears give a delicate and sincere glimpse into Cecilia’s carefree early years in the italian countryside.
Appealing both to children, vernacular photography enthusiasts, and everyone in between, the game works on two levels, combining the simplicity of looking at images with the complexity of their meaning as a memory. Becoming familiar with the images of this playful project shows a curious tension between leisure and passion: the very feeling of childhood.

The purpose of the game is to make observers play and players observe.
For 2 to 10 players.
From 5 to 99 years old.

10 Photobooks on VOGUE
ASX review by Brad Feuerhelm

Published by
January 2017
Edition of 250 copies
Box with 70 pairs / 140 cards
ISBN 978-88-94895-00-1

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Indra Kumar Jha
Federico Carpani


MAA portrays the funeral rituals of Manikarnika, the cremation ground of Varanasi, India, alongside moving images of everyday life in this utterly unique place. 
A collaboration with Indra - one of the very few people allowed to photograph the events here - the book is a sampling of photographs carefully selected by Federico, from a roughly 10,000 photograph archive, created intently by Indra over the last few years.

“This book is one of the ugliest, and one of the most beautiful books of the year. One of the ugliest because the images, basic time-stamped snapshots, are devoid of any aesthetic and because it is quite unpleasant to stare death in the face; one of the most beautiful because the photos of the deceased and their families made in Benares by Indra Kumar Jha are brilliantly edited by Federico Carpani and because while it is necessary to stare death in the face, it may not necessarily have to be through any artistic aesthetic strategies.”

Remi Coignet
“The Italian photographer Carpani has worked with this local photographer from Varanasi in India. The tradition here is to shoot your relatives after death and before they are burnt, and these are combined with other family photos in a series of gatefolds.” 
Martin Parr

The structure of the book is made by an external sequence, picturing the head-shots of the dead and the living, and by an internal sequence, found in the folded pages, composed of scenes from everyday life in Varanasi. The two sequences, while different in content and composition, are strictly connected and complementary.

The book’s pages fold, enabling a structure of two combined sequences, alternating the inside and outside of the folded pages. The outer is a flux of 108 both living and dead head-shots, a tribute to the Goddess Kali, who wears a garland of 108 slain heads around her neck. The inside is a selection of everyday scenes and stories of life in Manikarnika. Together they serve to accurately depict this singular place.

First Edition
Sept. 2015
220 Pages
500 Copies

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Dark Indigo


In 2008 I went to India for the first time.
I was mostly roaming and shooting stray dogs at night.
Four years later I edited 108 photographs from that trip and made this small book.

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112 Pages
Offset Black
Edition of 1000
June 2012