‘The first day of good weather’ is an exceptional book project. Mortarotti possesses a visual acuity that he uses to great effect, evoking a set of emotions in a sequence of images that deploys the opacity of photography (the counterpoint of its claim to truth). The book itself is very beautiful assembled. The printing and layout are especially strong. – Lucy Moore for the “First Book Award” shortlist by MACK
In his work The First Day of Good Weather, – recently shortlisted for the prestigious First Book Award – Vittorio Mortarotti follows a link between his personal tragedy and Japan’s collective trauma to explore our mechanisms of coping with grief and moving on after experiencing a dramatic event.
My brother died in a car accident in 1999. His last girlfriend, Kaori, was Japanese. She kept on writing and sending photos for months after the accident. The search for Kaori led me to Fukushima and the tsunami area, working as a pretext to look for stories of loss and reconstruction across Japan. – Vittorio Mortarotti
Vittorio Mortarotti was born in 1982. Lives in Torino, Italy.
Skinnerboox is an Italian Independent publisher focused on contemporary photography.