Tennis Courts IV by Giasco Bertoli
In the winter of 1999, Giasco Bertoli began to take photographs of empty tennis courts – private, public, old, new, abandoned. Over the next twenty-three years, he made thousands of photos of these courts. Tennis Courts IV is the fourth and last volume dedicated to this series.
The number four is an intrinsic part of tennis: It’s the maximum number of players in a doubles match and the fewest amount of points it takes to win a game, says Bertoli. Tennis’s four biggest tournaments make up the Grand Slam. But this obsessive series of tennis court photographs was never focused on tennis itself. "It was more like a look at the cyclical return of the seasons, images of tennis courts throughout the years, with all their changes, the changes in the landscape, and the way I look at all those changes," he said.
Bertoli is a photographer and filmmaker, working in Paris since 2000. The cultural currency of his work, since the 1990s, has focused on sports, cinema, youth, music, sexuality, nostalgia, humor, and history. He has published several books and is a regular contributor to various international publications, including Racquet.
Co-Published with Nieves.
19.5 x 25.5 cm
First Edition 2022