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Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War
Thu 8 June 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Presentation of the book Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War by Martina Caruso.
The author will be present, in dialogue with Robert Lumley.
Also known as “fotografia neorealista”, the author Martina Caruso will discuss her recently published book on Italian humanist photography with Professor Robert Lumley (UCL) accompanied by a slideshow.
Evocative and powerful, Italian social documentary photography from the 1930s to the 1960s reflects a time of dramatic change. A wide range of images (some published for the first time) shows that to fully understand the photography of this period we must take a more expansive view than scholars have applied to date, considering issues of propaganda, aesthetics, religion, national identity and international influences.
By setting Italian photography against a backdrop of social documentary and giving it a distinctive place in the global history of photography, this volume spans four decades of radical political and social change in Italy, exploring photography's relationship with painting, film, literature, anthropological research and international photography.
Martina Caruso is an art historian, writer and curator, lecturing at London College of Communication and John Cabot University in Rome. Her research interests cover the history and theory of photography as well as modern and contemporary Italian art. She also co-directs the Giulio Turcato archives in Rome. Her book Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War was published by Bloomsbury in 2016.
Robert Lumley is Professor of Italian Cultural History at University College London. His publications on the visual arts include Arte Povera (Tate Publications, 2005), and (with Francesco Manacorda) Marcello Levi: Portrait of a Collector – From Futurism to Arte Povera (Hopefulmonster, 2006). His most recent book is Dentro al fotogramma: Il cinema di Yervant Gianikian e Angela Ricci Lucchi (Feltrinelli, 2013).