Charta,2003. £28.Distributor Art Books International
Skip the portentous introduction with its talk of 'the empty sepulchre of an absent presence'.
This might sound splendid in the original Italian but Luigi Bussolati's photographs speak for themselves.His subjects are mostly dams, power stations, tunnels, and huge underground chambers.He shoots them at night, first 'staging' them with artificial light; as, on a permanent basis, Speirs and Major has done with a power station in Edinburgh (AJ 29.10.98) and artist Martin Richman with the Tyseley waste disposal plant near Bimingham. In these theatrical images, Bussolati makes civil engineering seem almost chic.