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Photography and Italy (Reaktion Books - Exposures)

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In this beautifully illustrated book Maria Antonella Pelizzari traces the history of photography in Italy from its beginnings to the present as she guides us through the history of Italy and its ancient sites and Renaissance landmarks.

Pelizzari specifically considers the role of photography in the formation of Italian national identity during times of political struggle, such as the lead up to Unification in 1860, and later in the nationalist wars of Mussolinis regime. While many Italians and foreigners— such as Fratelli Alinari or Carlo Ponti, John Ruskin or Kit Talbot—focused their lenses on architectural masterpieces, others documented the changing times and political heroes, creating icons of figures such as Garibaldi and the brigands. Pelizzaris exploration of Italian visual traditions also includes the photographic collages of Bruno Munari, the neorealist work of photographers such as Franco Pinna, the bold stylized compositions of Mario Giacomelli, and the controversial images created by Oliviero Toscani for Benetton advertising in the 1980s.

Featuring unpublished works and a rare selection of over one hundred images, this book will appeal to art collectors and students of art history and Italian culture.

About the Author

Maria Antonella Pelizzari is associate professor in the Department of Art at Hunter College in New York. She is also the editor of Traces of India: Photography, Architecture and the Politics of Representation.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1   Modern Pictures of an Ancient World

2   Risorgimento Mythologies

3   Romance of Stone and Steel

4   Amateurs and Professionals

5   Italian Modernities

6   Postwar Narratives

7   The Margin of the Frame

8   Alienation and Belonging

References

Select Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861897695
Author:
Pelizzari, Maria Antonella
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - General
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Exposures
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 color plates, 51 halftones
Pages:
187
Dimensions:
8.67 x 7.5 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Photography » General
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Theory and Criticism
History and Social Science » Military » General History

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