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Remembering Gigi Giannuzzi

The end of 2012 was a sad one for the photography community with the loss of Trolley Books publisher Gigi Giannuzzi. (Read the Guardian’s obituary here.) The photobook community is small and passionate, and Gigi was a true maverick within it. He was a courageous publisher, known for championing hard-hitting projects that challenged viewers. He was also a maverick character—in a passionate, mad-genius kind of way. No matter the subject or the photographer, Gigi knew how to make a beautiful book. As chaotic and larger-than-life as his persona and presence were, his books provide a quiet place of ordered and nuanced complexity. The selection, the sequencing, and the pacing of his books are flawless. There are never too many pictures, and the books achieve a kind of simplicity that looks easy but is incredibly difficult to pull off. He knew how to shape a story and to engage viewers page to page over a sustained period of looking. The books he published continue to unfold over multiple readings. His talent as a bookmaker and especially his belief in photography and photographers will be missed. He leaves behind an important and lasting legacy. Here is a selection of a few of our favorite books he helped bring into the world.

Update, January 14: A memorial exhibition, Trolleyology: The First Ten Years of Trolley Books, will be on view at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London, from January 18 to January 27. For more information, visit the Trolley Books website.

Denise Wolff is senior editor of Aperture’s book-publishing program.


Gentlemen of Bakongo, Photographs by Daniele Tamagni
Trolley, London, 2009


A Million Shillings: Escape from Somalia, Photographs by Alixandra Fazzina
Trolley, London, 2008


Homeland, Photographs by Nina Berman
Trolley, London, 2008


Double Blind: Lebanon Conflict 2006, Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin
Trolley, London, 2007


iWitness, Photographs by Tom Stoddart
Trolley, London, 2004


Phil and Me, Photographs by Amanda Tetrault
Trolley, London, 2004


Purple Hearts, Photographs by Nina Berman
Trolley, London, 2004


Ghetto, Photographs and text by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Trolley, London, 2003


Open Wound: Chechnya 1994–2003, Photographs by Stanley Greene
Trolley, London, 2003


Agent Orange: "Collateral Damage" in Viet Nam, Photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths
Trolley Books, London, 2003


The Chain, Photographs by Chien-Chi Chang
Trolley, London, 2002