The Doorbells of Florence
By Andrew Losowsky
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811866491, 128pp.)
Publication Date: March 2009
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These alluring photographs of doorbell panels in Florence, Italy, inspired stories that imagine the lives of the people who dwell at each address. Charming, whimsical, and elegant, each story is a perfect match for its photo, balancingthe antique, old-world appeal of Florence and the contemporary, gritty realities of a modern city. The photos lay bare a rarely observed side of Florence and the stories capture the spirit of peeking inside the secrets, habits, and desires of a city's inhabitants. Travelers, lovers of Italy, and imaginative wanderers will delight in this beautiful collection, which features hand-drawn lettering and a silk-screened cover.
Andrew Losowsky is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Wired, and The Believer. He won the 2006 Lulu Blooker prize for his original self-published edition of The Doorbells of Florence.