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January 31, 2018

Beautiful Life of Italy in the 1950s Through Piergiorgio Branzi's Lens

Born in Signa in 1928, Italian photographer Piergiorgio Branzi was raised in Florence, a city that “looks stern”, in which “color is just a pleasant accessory, a filler, although it may appear splendid”. A city that was “born from two stone quarries: one for ‘pietra serena’, the color of gray graphite, and the other “pietra dura”, the listless ocher of Palazzo della Signoria”.

This is how the great Tuscan photographer and journalist explains how his preference for the essential nature of black and white began, and became the means for him to represent and express the reality around him.

Branzi took his first photos with a 1950s' Galileo Condor. His works have earned him great notoriety in Italy and abroad, traveling around the world: from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the Guggenheim in New York, from the Fine Art Museum in Houston to the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, from the Tate Gallery in London to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.

These fascinating photos were selected from his work that he documented everyday life if Italy in the 1950s.

White wall with small window, 1953

Cliff, Ischia, 1953

Boy of Ischia, 1953

Arena under the snow, Florence, 1954

Alley in Via del Corso, Florence, 1954

Alley in Via del Corso, Florence, 1954

Black wall, 1954

Main square of Burano, 1954

White pigeon, 1954

Easter in Tricarico, 1955

Easter, Campobasso, 1955

Scanno, 1955

The clock of Comacchio, 1955

The first mass, Naples, 1955

Vicolo dei Donati, Florence, 1955

Contrada dell'Oca, Siena, 1956

Wedding in Valenza, 1956

Wedding in Valenza, 1956

Adriatic, 1957

Alley of Naples, 1957

Beach bar, Senigallia, 1957

Milan fair, 1959

 Shooting range, Florence, 1959


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