Laboratory Obsession
Laboratory Obsession
By Massimiliano Camellini
Contribution by Massimo Centini, Jonny Costantino, Mara Granzotto, and Georges Vercheval
  • Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2010
  • Price: $40.00
  • Trim Size: 8 34 x 7 14
  • ISBN: 88-7439-540-X
  • EAN: 9788874395408
  • Page Count: 120
  • Illustrations: 52 duotone illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US & Canada

This book explores the human desire to create life, as seen in the work of special-effects creators. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is perhaps the most famous work of literature to deal with man’s obsession with the creation of life, an attempt to take the place of God and nature. The theme has been taken further in the world of cinema and theater, where special-effects creators have produced automata, androids, and monstrous beings. These creators attempt to make their characters real, so that they “emerge” from the film itself and remain stamped on the memories of viewers, even though, once the movie ends, they are destined to be mere props. Here, extraor­dinary photographs trace the progress of these creatures, from inanimate materials to lifelike wonders.

About the author

Massimiliano Camellini is a widely published Italian photographer.


Massimo Centini is chair of cultural anthropology at the Università Popolare di Torino.


Jonny Costantino is a journalist and film critic.


Mara Granzotto is a curator and photographer.


Georges Vercheval founded the Photography Museum of Charleroi.