On World Photography Day, which occurs today, 19 August, the same day when the daguerreotype, his ancestor, was born 184 years ago, the mind is racing to the next autumn events that celebrate the great names of the eighth art.
Here are four appointments for goal enthusiasts to mark on the agenda.
Ron Galella, superstar paparazzo, arriving in Conegliano
“A good photo has to portray a famous person who is doing something not famous. That’s why my favorite photographer is Ron Galella ”.
Andy Warhol thought so about one of the most famous paparazzi in the history of photography, who passed away on April 30 at the age of 91. From 7 October to 29 January over 120 photographs will be at the center of the exhibition entitled Ron Galella, superstar paparazzo. The photographer of the starswaiting in Conegliano, in the halls of Palazzo Sarcinelli.
From the lens of Galella, born in New York in the Bronx neighborhood in 1931 to an Italian father originally from Muro Lucano, in Basilicata, and an Italian-American mother, passed, from 1965 onwards, the great characters of his time, almost always immortalized by surprise, unbeknownst to them and often against their will. Stolen images taken in bursts, the result of stalking, misdirection, camouflage, see protagonists Jackie Kennedy – who brought him two lawsuits – and again Marlon Brando, who with a fist broke his jaw and five teeth, also paying a very salty compensation through the his lawyers, and then Lady Diana, Aristotle Onassis, Sophia Loren, Gianni Agnelli, Gianni and Donatella Versace.
The best of its archive, which houses over three million shots, is preparing to reach Palazzo Sarcinelli in view of the exhibition organized by the SIME BOOKS publishing house. The highlight of the exhibition will be the room entirely dedicated to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, whom Galella called “my obsession” and in which a copy of the famous “Windblown Jackie” will be exhibited.
Ron Galella, Michael Jackson and Madonna, March 25, 1991, West Hollywood, California 63rd Academy Awards Party
Autumn in Rovigo is marked by Robert Capa
A journey through the representations of the war that forged the legend of Capa, but also among what Raymond Depardon calls “weak times” – moments focused on human beings, their nature and their personality – is about to welcome guests of Palazzo Roverella. From 8 October to 25 February Rovigo welcomes the exhibition Simply Robert Capathe new appointment with international photography, curated by Gabriel Bauret, proposed by the Cassa di Risparmio di Padova and Rovigo Foundation.
About 130 photographs selected from the archives of the Magnum Photos agency will scan a monographic whose secret is all contained in the adverb “simply”. “Simply” because this exhibition, far from wanting to be exhaustive, wants to tell, through images, some facets of a passionate and in any case elusive character, who does not hesitate to risk his life for his reportage. And the public is invited to grasp the role of Capa as a historical witness, inseparable from the commitment to a cause that is partly motivated by the photographer’s origins.
In addition to the photographs, mainly in black and white, it will be possible to admire the reproductions of contact sheets and pages of Robert Capa’s notebooks, the publications of his reportages in the French and American press, the extracts of his texts on photography, which touch on topics such as blur , distance, profession, political commitment, war.
Mario Cresci, Minimum # 7, 2020
An “In-Attesa” Italy is told in Reggio Emilia
A suspended, forbidden Italy, transformed by the first lockdown caused by Covid is about to tell its story, in the rooms of Palazzo da Mosto, in Reggio Emilia, through 12 photographic stories where space, environment and architecture show to become “other “When man does not live there. Masters of the lens such as Olivo Barbieri, Antonio Biasiucci, Silvia Camporesi, Mario Cresci, Paola De Pietri, Ilaria Ferretti, Guido Guidi, Andrea Jemolo, Francesco Jodice, Allegra Martin, Walter Niedermayr and George Tatge will be, from 15 October to 8 January, at the center of the “Italy in-waiting” path, where squares, landscapes, horizons and public spaces, but also works of art and everyday objects tell the sublime beauty with the perception of a profound crisis. These partial, subjective stories introduce us to new points of view, modifying the usual narrative poetics of physical space. Called by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, through the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity, to reflect with a project on the exceptional condition of Italy in the months of March-May 2020, the artists have given life to a story choral and polyphonic.
If Francesco Jodice makes a reportage through four architectures that are symbolic of historical and contemporary Italian culture through images captured by the satellite, Mario Cresci turns his gaze now to the micro-world of his home in Bergamo, now to the external one, represented by a deserted city, while the surreal images of the mountain landscapes dear to Walter Niedermayr, usually worn out by mass tourism, become ghostly in the absence of human presence.
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris 1950 © Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau on display in Turin
Starting from 11 October, and until 14 February, Camera – Italian Center for Photography in Turin will re-launch the great retrospective dedicated to Robert Doisneau, with over 130 images coming from the collection of the Atelier Robert Doisneau. The famous kiss of a young couple, indifferent to the crowd of passers-by and the traffic of the place de l’Hôtel de Ville in Paris, the iconic work of the French photographer, will be the fulcrum of a journey that enhances Doisneau’s empathic and ironic gaze. By capturing the daily life of the men, women, children of Paris and its banlieue, the master returned emotions and gestures. The images received in the path curated by Gabriel Bauret testify to his style capable of mixing curiosity and imagination.
Palazzo Reale celebrates Richard Avedon
A model wrapped in an overcoat with a fur collar and wide sleeves sits in the seat of a convertible next to a hatbox, a bouquet of roses and a rolled-up dog. The courteous expression and the distracted air suggest an idea of innocence.
This is just one of the intense shots by Richard Avedon, one of the masters of twentieth century photography, protagonist of the exhibition in Milan Richard Avedon: Relationships that retraces it, from 22 September to 29 Januaryat Palazzo Reale, over sixty years of career through 106 images from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) in Tucson (USA) and the Richard Avedon Foundation (USA).
The path, curated by Rebecca Senf, also features a section dedicated to the collaboration between Richard Avedon and Gianni Versace, which began with the campaign for the 1980 spring / summer collection and ended with the 1998 spring / summer collection, the first designed by Donatella Versace.
Thanks to his gaze, Avedon was one of the few photographers to interpret the Versace avant-garde, illustrating the style and elegance of the Italian designer, as well as his radical fashion. The itinerary, divided into ten sections, is built around the two most significant figures of his research: fashion photographs and portraits.
Avedon creates highly descriptive portraits that bring the observer closer to the subjects represented, allowing the observer to scrutinize the details of the face, placing it at a distance generally reserved for spouses, lovers, children, parents.
Richard Avedon, Nastassja Kinski, Los Angeles, California, June 14, 1981 © The Richard Avedon Foundation