Publications

The Sound of The Woodpecker Bill: New York City
2019
New York City Babe
2017
Orizzonte in Italia
2015
Detour in Detroit
2015
Shorakkopoch
2010
Marcamenti
2005

Press

The Sound of The Woodpecker Bill: New York City
2019
Humboldt Books
English
Paperback 576 pages
24 x 17 cm
ISBN 9788899385637
Between spring 2016 and that of 2018, Antonio Rovaldi walked around the margins of New York, tracing the perimeters of all five boroughs that make up the city. It’s in these border zones that the concrete jungle thins out, suddenly giving way to nature once more. Here, Canada geese settle to brood their eggs, and horseshoe crabs—strange prehistoric creatures—wash up onto the beaches, while the few urban traces to be found resemble the final residues or the first outposts of humanity, hinting at the presence of other possible worlds. “If I were to start my long walk along the edges of the five boroughs of New York City all over again, I would probably come up with an entirely different book. But one thing would remain unchanged: my constant rethinking over where I come from, where I’m headed and at what speed.”
New York City Babe
2017
les cerises
Paperback 48 pages
20 x 30 cm
ISBN 979-10-95702-02-3
New York City Babe is a guide through images to all the things that you can’t miss in New York, such as squirrels, forks, footprints, graffiti, leaves and even bat umbrellas. In fact, it can be used almost everywhere, as long as you are taking a stroll with a child. This book is dedicated to New York City, to the music of its streets, its sidewalks, and the rhythm of its walks.
Orizzonte in Italia
2015
Humboldt Books
Italian, English
Hardcover 324 pages
24 x 16,8 cm
ISBN 9788890841835
I spent more than two months alone on a bicycle, travelling along the perimeter of the Italian peninsula, and then two weeks cycling around Sardinia. I put together hundreds of images of horizons which, day after day, came to form a chromatic stave of seas and skies. Finally, from the confines of my studio, image after image, I pieced back together a fair part of the Italian skyline. (A.R.)

Three years passed between the first journey around the peninsula, over the summer of 2011, and the second journey around Sardinia, in the summer of 2014. This book brings together the photographs that currently make up the work Orizzonte in Italia, starting out from the visual, graphical and theoretical notes that accompanied the artist.
Detour in Detroit
2015
Humboldt Books
English
Paperback 288 pages
21 x 17 cm
ISBN 9788890841880
Between February 2013 and November 2014, I visited Detroit six times, for a total of seventy-seven days. After three years living in Brooklyn, in Detroit I found what I had been looking for when I left Italy and crossed the Atlantic Ocean: space, both physical and for the imagination. That is why it only took me two days to decide to write my first book. An emotional and practical book about the city, mapped through a series of encounters with its people. I raised the money needed to start the project, managed to drive an automatic car and learned how to fix a bike tyre. Over the course of two years I collected stories, ideas and feelings, set within what seems to be a real movement of urban resistance. I trained my eye to observe silent urban landscapes, on which huge blocks of sky and abandoned buildings encumber, and I realised that fear and fascination for decay quickly take second place. It was like developing a way of seeing that is more like a way of listening, moving toward a world which can be complex and harsh at times, but also full of an energy that only emerges when determination and potential meet. I invited an artist, Antonio Rovaldi, to join me and illustrate this journey. This is the result of our work. (FRANCESCA BERARDI).
Shorakkopoch
2010
Edición limitada de 300 copias
Rústica 20 pages
A project by Michael Höpfner & Antonio Rovaldi.

We left from Wall Street at 9.00 a.m. and we reached Inwood Park at 5.00 p.m. walking the entire Broadway for 215 blocks. The Native Americans reached Inwood Park from the Hudson River and set a fire.(A.R)
Marcamenti
2005
Essegi Edition
Italian
Paperback 174 pages
ISBN 88-7189-292-5
Catalogue published on the occasion of the solo exibition Marcamenti at the Museo dell'Arredo Contemporaneo, Ravenna, May-July 2005.