Waiting for the Magic: The Photography of Oscar Marzaroli

Waiting for the Magic: The Photography of Oscar Marzaroli


By (author) Oscar Marzaroli, By (author) Jim Grassie, By (author) Robert Crawford

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  • Publisher: BIRLINN LTD
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 278mm x 34mm | 1,360g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1780271484
  • ISBN 13: 9781780271484
  • Sales rank: 546,108

Product description

This book celebrates Marzaroli's extraordinary talent with a number of specially-commissioned essays and a selection of previously unpublished photographs, as well as many of the iconic, much loved work for which he is renowned. The first section, 'Europe: A Man with a Vision' (Anne Marzaroli), highlights Oscar's journey into photography at the age of eighteen and features figure and landscape shots from Scotland and beyond, as well as photographs of family and friends. 'Waiting for the Magic' is a piece by the late James Grassie, who worked with Marzaroli on many of his documentary films. Photographs include land and seascapes, and images which explore the human response to the natural environment. 'Glasgow: A Dear Green Place' (Robert Crawford, St Andrews University) contains some of Marzaroli's most familiar Glasgow shots, as well as many images never before published. All are of extraordinary historical and social importance as they depict the city during a profound process of change. 'Marzaroli's People (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday). Marzaroli's portraits always had a purpose and a point; his empathy is apparent as is his lack of intrusion and respect for people in their unique landscape, whether it be urban or country.

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Author information

Oscar Marzaroli was born in Castiglione Vera, Italy, in 1933 and came to Scotland with his family at the age of two. He studied at Glasgow School of Art for a short time and was subsequently a photo journalist in Stockholm and London before returning to Glasgow in 1959. Although best known for his acclaimed and evocative photographs of Glasgow in the 1960s, he was also a film cameraman, and directed over 70 films for Ogam Films, a company he founded in 1967, along with three friends. He died in 1988.

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'As we have come to expect from Birlinn, the book is beautifully produced and designed ... And if you're listening, Santa, Waiting For The Magic will almost certainly be a more lasting gift than Jamie's or Yotam's or Hugh's latest cook-tome' - Aberdeen Voice