Daniela Comani. 1975 – Diario di strada / Diary from the Road


Artist book by Daniela Comani

With a text by Matthias Harder, German / Italian / English
12 x 18 cm, 104 pages, 47 images, black/white, swiss brochure
ISBN 978-3-943620-66-5
Archive Books, Berlin
15,00 EUR

In 1975 cars were made from metal, glass, some chrome and a bit of plastic. The majority had front and rear bumpers. Base models were sold without radios. GPS, which seems so crucial today, hadn’t yet been invented. As a child in the 70’s, Daniela Comani travelled with her parents in their car. She sat in the backseat and her favorite pastime was to list the cars that drove by, jotting down the name of the manufacturer and brand, with some additional information to make note of particular models, like “Giulia”, “500” or “Dyane”.

Forty years later she found one of her old notebooks: a planner from 1975 with her list of cars. She researched photographs of the cars that were on the road in the 70’s, finding neutral images selected by the manufacturers for brochures. Some of these are icons of the 70’s and they define the spirit of the age, like the films, fashion and music of the time. This project becomes an interesting social and historical study on style in the pre-globalized world and, above all, a kind of self-portrait.

Edition of 850 / 1 – 50 numbered and signed enclosed with an original print
90,00 EUR

July 2017