Scianna started taking photographs in the 1960s while studying literature,
philosophy and art history at the University of Palermo. It was
then that he began to photograph the Sicilian people systematically.
in Sicilia (1965) included an essay by the Sicilian
writer Leonardo Sciascia, and
it was the first of many collaborations
with famous writers.
In 2002 Scianna completed Quelli di
Bagheria, a book on his home
Sicily, in which he tries to reconstruct the atmosphere
of his youth through writings and photographs of Bagheria and the
people who live there.
"A photograph is not created by a photographer. What
they does is just to open a little window and capture it. The
world then writes itself on the film. The act of the photographer
is closer to reading than it is to writing. They are the readers
of the world." Ferdinando Scianna. Visit Bagheria in America
"His photography is almost a rapid, fast organization of reality, a catalyzation of objective reality in photographic reality: that almost everything on which his eye looks at and its objective points at obeys right at that time, either before nor afterwards, for instant magnetism, to his sentiment, to his will and - ultimately - to his style."
"Some people claim to always have the last word, and that is what Scianna does with the last photograph. He opens and closes his eyes and you can hear the sliding of lamellas that swallow a piece of reality and Leonardo Sciascia is right when he writes to have the impression that the reality will organize itself exorcized by the look of this photographer. Reality organizes itself, that is poses, and the eyes of Scianna know this ability of exorcism. It looks at me or it always call me between one travel and another, hunting for fashion models in a world transformed into a scenario of the market of fashion, and his fashion photographs are disturbing because they reach the category of masks of bodies to which it is given the condition of codes."
Manuel Vasquez Montalban
Born in Palermo, she moved to Milano and studied music at the Conservatory, in 1975 she moved to India and devoted herself to meditation and got specialised in oriental music. From 1978 to 1982 she lived in the USA and in 1982, back in Palermo, she started photo reporting for the daily
newspaper L’Ora with her mother Letizia Battaglia. Her pictures portray Sicily’s political and social world during the years of the mafia war. Women and the Mafia, one of Shobha’s most important photo reportages, was published by leading newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Shobha is a versatile photographer, involved with
fashion pictures too, always seen mainly from a social viewpoint. In 1998 Shobha received the World Press Photo Award for a reportage on Sicily’s aristocracy, a project which took over twenty years to complete and
in 1999 became an exhibition and a book titled The last Gattopardi cared by Paolo Falcone and published by
Contrasto. Shobha’s works have been published by leading newspapers and magazines in Italy and abroad,
among which (to mention just a few): Geo, Zeit Magazine, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, the weekly supplements of La Repubblica and the Corriere della Sera, Specchio, L’Espresso, and Vanity Fair. Presently Shobha lives between Palermo and India, where she keeps organising photo reportages and artistic projects and in 2007 opened the school of photography Mother India. More...
Andrea Di Fiore’s work is best known for its poetic union of both traditional and digital media. Translating her work into the triumphs and tribulations of humanity. A native New Yorker, she is a Fine Arts graduate of The School of Visual Arts. The artist has been involved in many group exhibitions around the city. Including a group exhibit at the Fordham University Voices of Italian Women: Keepers of the Cultural Flame, she exhibited work from her Uova Series with video animations and an installation of prints. She received a monetary award through FIERI, an Italian American organization. Subsequently having a solo exhibition at the Laumont Gallery on 52nd Street from the same body of work. The Italian television company RAI did an interview with Ms Di Fiore about her work for RAI international TV. She has also been involved in charities and donated a piece from her new collection, Drowned Flowers. The piece was auctioned off and bought by gallery owner Frank Maresca of the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Chelsea NYC. The monies went to the charity, God’s Love We Deliver and the elementary school, PS11 also in Chelsea, NYC. Several prints from the work Drowned Flowers have been sold privately. Ms. DiFiore continues to live and work in New York with her daughter and supplements her income with work as a high-end digital photo-retoucher for many prestigious companies, including Christian Dior and Rolling Stone magazine. See her Gallery...Visit her website
Zacchia. Born in Catania, now he lives
works in New York City. More…