Primal Grit

cover of portfolio titled primal grit exhibiting self-portraits

5 Steps Into My Photography

At First Hand

crowd in shanghai, 1995

About What We Make And What We Do

the sphinx in giza, egypt

In And Out Of The Moment

yoga teacher wendy campbell on video and photographed at the same time by photographer luigi cassinelli

Video-essays On The Ontology of Photography

Handmade Books

handmade book Seirēn by Luigi Cassinelli

Looking For My Dad

Detail of artist Paolo Mezzadri's work

Total Control: Circe's Obsession

cover of photo-essay on the obsession for control

The Scattered Interaction

yoga teacher wendy campbell photographed by luigi cassinelli along 7 years

Enduring Truth

cover of essay titled enduring truth

Hard City

cover of portfolio titled hard city

Architectural Relationships

Art facing vineyard in Sonoma Valley

Conceptual Borders

cover of essay titled conceptual borders

What Is a 'Photo?' What Is a Digital File?

ur-photograph showing one status of an abacus

The Photographer's Choice

Cover of The Photographer's Choice by Luigi Cassinelli

2015 • 6 x 9 • 116 pp. • 39 illus. • $19.95

ISBN 978-0-9861801-0-1

“Dad, what is a photographer?” My daughter's question forced me to confront one widespread misconception. Photography was born when inventors succeeded in preserving the original interaction among light, matter, and human observation; so why does almost everyone in the arts, publishing industry, and education community call a numeric code designed for mutation, a photograph? In The Photographer's Choice I present my answer to this question and to my daughter's.

Digital technology is not responsible for confusion and manipulation; human decisions are accountable for ambiguity. Long before the advent of digital imaging, visual fanatics fostered the mystification of photography with doctored printing. Photography deserves semantic precision; today as in 1827, a photograph must be differentiated from generic terms like "image," "picture," and "print." The Photographer's Choice proposes a definition of the term "photograph" and introduces the term "wish-graph." Once the topic is cleared from misconceptions, this book examines the knowledge that true photographic observations disclose.

The Photographer's Choice confronts more than photographers' choices. This book questions core values in a moment when we are steering into virtual labyrinths with no real cord. Artists, editors, parents and children, photographers, scientists, and teachers face the same choice: reality or a swift denial of it?