The New Image in Italy 1932-1960
PHOTOGRAPHY / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / Group Shows
Sep 04, 2018
9.69 x 11.69 x 1.31 in
- Author Bio
This stunning book explores Italian Neorealism in photography, as it documented Italy’s economic and social conditions in the mid-20th century and its rise as a democratic nation.
Originally used for Fascist propaganda, the camera in Italy became a tool for artists to reveal the poverty and oppression of their country and a way to instigate positive social development and create a national identity. The NeoRealismo style became a call for economic justice as well as an artistic movement that influenced the modern world. The achievements of that movement are celebrated in this book with more than 200 illustrations, including exquisitely reproduced photographs and magazine images as well as film stills and posters. Together these images portray the seismic changes that took place throughout Italy during and after the war. The migration from south to north, the rural and urban poverty, and the desire to establish a national identity are all given expression through the photographers’ lenses. Accompanying essays discuss the technological changes that transformed the country, trace the evolution of Neorealist cinema, and explore how writers became part of this revolution. Beautiful, raw, and free of artifice, these images and the people who created them ushered a unique and fascinating moment in modern art history.
Copublished by Admira and DelMonico Books
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"Beautiful, raw, and free of artifice, these images and the people who created them ushered a unique and fascinating moment in modern art history... A collectively impressive body of work, NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy 1932-1960 is an especially and unreservedly recommended volume for personal, professional, community, and academic library photography collections." -Midwest Book Review
"To leaf through NeoRealismo feels a bit like being inside a Neorealist movie." London Review of Books