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Ghetto was published ten years ago. It documented twelve contemporary gated communities, and was photographed by Broomberg and Chanarin entirely on large format colour negative. The book took three years to produce and is now out of print.
Scarti di avviamento is the technical term at the printers in Italy for the paper that is fed through the printing press to clean the drums of ink between print runs. This by-product is usually destroyed once the book is printed.
But during the printing of Ghetto the scarti – Italian for scraps – were saved and stored away by publisher Gigi Giannuzzi. Following his untimely death in December 2012 these scarti were discovered.
The twice-printed sheets reveal uncanny and often beautiful combinations.
Yet in truth they are nothing but a series of little accidents.