A Pian de’ Guillari Photo Book by Marangoni

As part of initiatives by Contemporary Photography, the inaugural event of “Tea Time with a Beautiful Book” begins with Martino Marangoni’s photographical memoir (with sections in English and Italian), “Nonni’s Paradiso, an Olive Tree Story,” at Chalet Fontana (viale Galileo 7, Literary Cafe) on November 5 (6 pm).  The public is welcome to attend.

Born in Florence to an American mother and an Italian father, Marangoni’s childhood was a mixture of the two cultures. Being raised in a converted farmhouse in Pian dei Giullari above Piazzale Michelangelo allowed Marangoni the opportunity to run wild amongst olive trees and artichoke plants.

Even though Marangoni lived between New York and Florence for 20 years, his experience at his family home inspired him to capture the changing landscape of where he grew up.

Through rediscovering personal memories, the book is able to capture the evolving landscape of life. Portraying the change in Pian dei Giullari from WWII to the present, Marangoni is able to relive his childhood experience and contemplate the land, documenting the transformation of Tuscan terrain and society.

Photos from the book take the reader through nature, memories, and time, revealing the author’s familiarity with walking the dirt paths, enjoying meditative walks through the property, and reaping the benefits provided by the rich soil.

Marangoni is the president and creator of the Fondazione Studio Marangoni, which aims to celebrate the latest talent in photography while offering courses. Journalist Laura Montanari and professor Stefano Mancuso will be attending the presentation, and contribute to the festivities.