Italian Neorealist Photography
Its Legacy and Aftermath
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This book offers an analysis of the socio-historical conditions of the rise of post-war Italian photography, considers its practices and traces its destiny.
Antonella Russo provides an incisive examination of Neorealist photography, delineates its periodization, traces its instances and its progressive popularization and subsequent co-optation that occurred with the advent of the industrialization of photographic magazines. This volume examines the ethno(photo)graphic missions of Ernesto De Martino in the deep south of Italy; the key role played by the neorealist writer and painter Carlo Levi as ‘ambassador of international photography’ and the journeys of David Seymour, Henry Cartier Bresson and Paul Strand in Neorealist Italy. The volume takes into account the formation and proliferation of Italian photographic associations and their role in institutionalizing and promoting Italian photography, their link to British and other European photographic societies, and the subsequent decline of Neorealism. It also considers the inception of non-objective photography that thrived soon after the war, in concurrence with the circulation of Neorealism, thus debunking the myth identifying all Italian postwar photography with the neorealist image.
This book will be particularly useful for scholars in the history of photography, Italian history, and the theory of photography.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Question about Neorealist Photography 2. Neorealist Photographic Culture 3.Beyond Eboli. The Etno(photo)graphy turn in Neorealism 4. Post -Neorealist Photography
Antonella Russo is professor of history of photography at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.