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Sight of Italy, 1841-1941
Vincenzo Giacomelli. Secret message. Ca.1880

Sight of Italy, 1841-1941

Great masters of Italian photography in Alinari Museum collections

Gioacchino Altobelli » James Anderson » Vincenzo Balocchi » Domenico Bresolin » Giacomo Caneva » Mario Castagneri » Giovanni Crupi » Fratelli Alinari » Vincenzo Giacomelli » Peretti Griva » Alberto Lattuada » Robert MacPherson » Carlo Mollino » Giulio Parisio  » Guido Rey » Vittorio Sella » Giorgio Sommer » Vero Veraci » Wilhelm von Gloeden » Wanda Wulz »

Exhibition: 17 Nov 2011 – 15 Jan 2012

ROSPHOTO State Museum and Exhibition Centre for Photography

35 Bolshaya Morskaya
191186 Saint-Petersburg

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Sight of Italy, 1841-1941
Wanda Wulz. Me + cat, 1932

ROSPHOTO State Museum and Exhibition Centre for Photography
Alinari 24 Ore
Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation

SIGHT OF ITALY. 1841–1941
Great masters of Italian photography in Alinari Museum collections
17 November 2011 – 15 January 2012
Opening: Wednesday 16 November 2011 at 18.00 (Yard building exhibition hall)
The opening of the show will include presentation of exhibition and catalogue by the curator Monica Maffioli.

State Museum and Exhibition Centre for Photography ROSPHOTO and Alinari 24 Ore introduce the exhibition of the great masters of Italian photography Sight of Italy, 1841-1941 from the collection of the Museum of the History of Photography in Florence. The exhibition is part of the official program of the Year of Italian Language and Culture in Russia.

This exhibition invites on a journey into the history of Italian photography from 1841 to 1941. The great name photographers begin with the first daguerreotypists in Italy, such as Amici and Duroni, to move on to the metaphysical images rendered in the paper negative technique by well-known calotypists, such as the Florentine Veraci. They are followed by the golden period of photography with works by the leading Italian photographic studios located in the most important Italian cities visited by the Grand Tour tourists: Venice, with the outstanding works of Bresolin, Ponti, Perini, Florence with the famous Fratelli Alinari and Brogi studios, or Rome, with photographers of the second half of the 1850s such as Caneva, James Anderson, Macpherson and many others. Lastly there is the nineteenth-century production in Southern Italy, in particular Naples, where great masters such as Giorgio Sommer and Robert Rive worked for decades. They were of foreign origins, but lived and worked all their lives in Naples.

The drama of the earthquake which devastated Messina and Reggio in 1908 has been chosen as a particularly significant and symbolic moment of the passage of Italy into the twentieth century. The earthquake was documented by all the most important photographers of the time and is here shown in the dramatic images taken by Luca Comerio and von Gloeden, the latter in particular an outstanding figure in turn of the century photography. The early twentieth century in Italy is celebrated by a few of the best known photographers of the artistic current known as Pictorialism, with Guido Rey, Peretti Griva, and the avant-garde, such as Futurism with Paladini, Wanda Wulz, Castagneri, Parisio up to the surrealist aesthetics of Mollino and the first neo-realist experiments by Alberto Lattuada.

Sight of Italy, 1841-1941
Vincenzo Balocchi. Florence. 1938
Sight of Italy, 1841-1941
Giovanni Crupi. Island at the Cape of St.Andrew. Taormina, ca.1890
Sight of Italy, 1841-1941
Wilhelm von Gloeden, Earthquake in Messina, 1908