In the photograps of the Alinari Archives and the Florentine collections
This is one in the series of books produced by Fratelli Alinari together with the University of Florence. It focuses on the role of photography as a tool for education and for the popularization of scientific knowledge and agricultural and forestry techniques. It is an important publication, the answer to a pressing need to bring to the attention of the public the great photographic funds constituted in the Florentine agricultural and forestry schools and other related institutions. The funds consist above all of material produced and collected by the teachers, researchers and technical operators in their attempts to document the individual phases of cultivation in the various agricultural and forestry systems, with photographs ranging from the smallest detail to a more general panorama. As a result, concrete elements, albeit solely visual, are available in implementing a coherent, continuous and critical itinerary regarding operational cycles where direct observation alone is often insufficient for a complete understanding of the cycle. Three representative collections concerning the formation and technical development of Florentine agricultural and forestry techniques have been tapped: one regarding university courses leading to a degree in Forestry Sciences, one appertaining to the Istituto Tecnico Agrario and one from the Istituto Agronomico per l'Oltremare. These technical and scientific photographs are accompanied by the art photographs that document the aesthetic aspects and that are most typical of the Alinari Archives. The book is subdivided into 4 sections: "Constructed" landscapes – Productions: cultivation, crops, produce and harvesting - The protagonists – The forests.