Turin’s very own CAMERA – Italian Center for Photography – houses, until January 7th, 2018 a brand-new photography exhibition entitled “Arrive the Paparazzi! Photographers and Divas from Dolce Vita until Today”. Curated by experts Walter Guadagnini and Francesco Zanot.
The event focuses upon the complex relationship between famous people – actors, politicians, socialites etc. – and those people that both helped them reach celebrity status, by following them incessantly and reporting their every move, and at times managed to ruin their most intimate happy moments. The visitor will have the chance to take a peek into the private lives of Anita Ekberg, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Lady D, courtesy of famous photographers such as Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti, Ron Galella, Lino Nanni, Alison Jackson, Ellen von Unwerth and Armin Linke. On display, more than 150 stolen pictures revealing the scandalous deeds of the famous, in Italy and elsewhere.
Or, as the curators themselves put it: “These are photographs that have marked forever the popular perception on public figures, actors, singers, politicians – most of all women. ‘Taken’ by private moments when, masks put aside, they turn to being (almost) common.”
Free spirit. Charity worker. Public figure. Fashion icon. Princess. Mother. Wife. Lover. Sadly, one of the most photographed persons in the world.
The various personas composing Lady Diana Frances Spencer’s multifaceted identity are revealed, discussed and ultimately put into new light – at 20 years after her death – at Venaria Reale, until January 28th, 2018. Continue Reading
La Belle Époque returns to Turin, and this time it’s Giovanni Boldini‘s turn to promote the everlasting charm of the oh-so-ephemeral bon ton at the end of the 19th century. His personal style, in my opinion, brings to mind masterpieces signed by contemporaries such as Anders Zorn, Joaquín Sorolla, John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu. Nevertheless, his genius in adoringly depicting female beauty is unmistakebly Italian.
From July 29th, 2017 until January 28th, 2018the somptuous halls of Venaria Reale house more than 100 oil and crayon paintings signed by Giovanni Boldini, from both private and public collections across Europe. Also, on display will be some of his less-famous Italian fellow artists of the same era, such as Telemaco Signorini, Francesco Vinea, and Cristiano Banti.
How could one miss it? Steve McCurry is still in great shape, and still exhibited here in Italy, not too far from Turin.
Until November 26th, 2017, there’s his “Mountain Men” display at Forte di Bard, in Aosta Valley. Theexhibition features a selection of 77 images depicting harsh landscapes, interesting portraits and scenes of everyday life, all th a common denominator: the complex altering relationship the people living up in the mountains have with the land they inhabit. The photographs were taken during McCurry’s trips to Tibet, Yemen, India, South America, China, Russia, including his Italian escapades to Aosta Valley from a few years back.
It seems like fate has decided to bring together some of the biggest names in photography here in Italy this year. Apart from the Franco Fontana, Steve McCurry and Peter Lindbergh exhibitions happening in and about Turin, there’s also a Vivian Maier retrospective taking place in Genova, from June 23rd until October 8th, 2017.
Entitled “Vivian Maier. A Photographer Found”, the exhibition features 120 black & white photographs taken between the 1950s and 1960s, along with a selection of colour pictures taken in the 1970s. Also, the organizers promise some Super-8 films on how this special Mary Poppins would approach and “capture” her subjects. Continue Reading
“There will never be anything like the era of the supermodel again…” (Peter Lindbergh)
Organizers at Venaria Reale prepare yet another gig dedicated to international high-class photography, and this time it is Peter Lindbergh‘s turn to step into the spotlight. Entitled “A Different Vision of Fashion Photography”, the exhibition comes to Turin via the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, it lasts from October 7th, 2017 until February 4th, 2018 and it features a retrospective of some 220 fashion-related mostly black & white photographs Lindbergh has taken since the early 1980’s.
”You find only what you already know and you understand only what you’ve already learned…” (Franco Fontana)
There is a brand-new photography exhibition in town, and it fully deserves the 8 EURO entrance fee, and many many times more!!! Palazzo Madama’s Medieval Court, right at the very heart of Turin, houses – from July 13th until October 23rd, 2017 – the colorful ”Franco Fontana. Landscapes” Exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by photography expert Walter Guadagnini, Director of CAMERA – Italian Center for the Photography of Turin – and comprises twenty-five large format images borrowed from the UniCredit Art Collection, one of the biggest corporate collections in Europe nowadays.
This year, Magnum Photos celebrates 70 years of age. It must have been challenging, over the years, to bear witness to so many significant historical events and social and cultural turmoil, while actively trying to change the course of history. The company (and its founders & many eyes) has aged well and has yet to “catch” the real, unadorned image of our planet and ultimately, of ourselves. As their motto, their aspiration towards “challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography.” The expression itself “activist photography” is, in my opinion, deeply tautological. Is there any OTHER kind of photography out there?
Turin’s very own CAMERA (Centro Italiano per la Fotografia) celebrates the event with an exhibition entitled“L’Italia di Magnum – From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Paolo Pellegrin”, lasting until May 21st, 2017. Curated by Walter Guadagnini, the event brings together over two hundred photos depicting Italy from the 1940s to the present day and reunites yet again the likes of Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Freed, Ferdinando Scianna, Elliott Erwitt, Mark Power, Paolo Pellegrin, Thomas Hoepker, Chris Steele-Perkins, Thomas Dworzak, Erich Lessing, Robert Capa, Patrick Zachmann, Herbert List, and Bruno Barbey.Continue Reading
For those who may have missed this one-on-one encounter with the wonderful mysteries of (human) nature on display in Milan, there’s still time: the “Real Bodies” Exhibition in Lambrate has been prolonged until March 19th, 2017.
“If you take photographs, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyse yourself, and don’t answer any questions.” (Robert Doisneau)
Since the Helmut Newton exhibition in Genova ended some time ago, photography fans can quelch their thirst for quality visual “stimulation” with the “Robert Doisneau. Icons” Exhibition on display at Forte di Bard until May 1st, 2017. By the courtsy of the Robert Doisneau Atelier in Paris and the Bard Association, the Italian (and not only) public will have the chance to see some of the most “iconic” photos taken in the history of photography.
Beginning with his famous Le baiser de l’Hôtel de ville (1950) – which was a staged shot, if the artist himself it to be trusted – , Doisneau made a name for himself as an exponent of the “humanist” photography trend emerging in the cultural capital of Europe right after WW II, and thus as the founding father, along with Henri Cartier-Bresson – another monstre sacré -, of street photojournalism. Without a doubt, Doisneau’s trademarks are his portraits (of children, random people in the city parks or on the streets, or of some of the most influencing personalities of his time) and his extraordinary ability to imortalize the hidden charms and unintentional poetry of the everyday life.
WHERE: Forte di Bard, Aosta Valley
WHEN: ends May 1st, 2017
HOW MUCH: full price € 7,00, reduced € 5,00 for visitors over 65 years old and for minors from 6 to 18 years old; free entrence for under 6 and for owners of Abbonamento Torino Musei; audioguides € 2,00 (couples € 3,00)