From the Street to the Palazzo Reale, the Photos of Letizia Battaglia

From the Street to the Palazzo Reale, the Photos of Letizia Battaglia
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“I recommend photographing everything from very close, the distance of a punch in the face, or a caress,” wrote Letizia Battaglia. And, in fact, her photos have the power to bring us right into the reality depicted in her works, whether it be a mob homicide or a jaunt in the country. It is a golden moment for the eighty-four-year-old reporter from Sicily and Milan pays homage to her with a large exhibition. More than 300 images retrace her career at the Palazzo Reale, vivid black and whites, and dynamic but extraordinarily essential colour shots. The vision behind the lens hasn’t changed since the times of the photos with which Battaglia revolutionised photojournalism in the pages of the newspaper "Ora" in Palermo. Portraits of men, women, children, animals, scenes of cities and tiny towns, dramatic events and famous people all come together for a project that speaks of politics and poetry, life and death, of criticism and impassioned attention to everything around us. “For me, photography was salvation and truth,” explains Letizia. And in order to get an even more in-depth look at her story, the exhibition also takes place at the MIC - Museo Interattivo del Cinema with a collection of documentaries, including the recent Shooting the Mafia by Kim Longinotto, applauded at the Sundance Festival 2019.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano