Italy, as told by Magnum’s photographers

Seeing the history of Italy through the eyes of the greatest photographers in the world is truly a unique experience. An experience you are invited to in Milan, where until July 22nd 2018 the Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini will be showcasing one hundred and fifty photographs, taken in various cities of the country between the 1930s and the present day.

The “L’Italia di Magnum. From Cartier-Bresson to Paolo Pellegrin” exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the famous photographic cooperative, founded in 1947 in New York by Robert Capa and other noted photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandiver.

You can follow it in the traditional chronological order or simply get lost between the colorful, awkward 1980s’ tourists Martin Parr portrayed in front of iconic monuments, or dive into dramatic black-and-whites by Robert Capa, the great American photographer who parachuted to Italy in 1943 and followed the British and American troupes as they invaded Sicily, dragging himself “from mountain to mountain, from foxhole to foxhole, shooting mud misery and death”.

All the greatest photographers of the 20th century who ever loved and shot Italy are included in this beautiful exhibition, curated by Walter Guadagnini, director of Turin’s Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan: Capa and Parr, as well as Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, Elliott Erwitt, René Burri, Ferdinando Scianna, Patrick Zachmann, Thomas Hoepker, Erich Lessing, and many more.

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Martin PARR ITALY. Pisa. The Leaning Tower of Pisa. From 'Small World'. 1990.

Martin Parr, Pisa, 1990 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Herbert List, ITALY. Rome. Cinecitta Studios. 1958. The preparing with 'camera boom' and props for the making of Ben-Hur film.

Herbert List, Rome. Cinecittà Studios. 1958. Setting up the camera boom and props for Ben-Hur film.

ITALY. Rome. May 1974. Divorce Law in Italy.

Leonard Freed, Rome, May 1974 © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

Elliott Erwitt, Roma, 1955 © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

Elliott Erwitt, Rome, 1955 © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

Erich Lessing, Cesenatico, 1960, In spiaggia © Erich Lessing / Magnum Photos

Erich Lessing, Cesenatico, 1960, On the beach © Erich Lessing / Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Sicilia, Riesi, 1964, Barbiere © Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Sicily, Riesi, 1964, Barbiere © Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos

Italy, as told by Magnum’s photographers

Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, enter from piazza Sant’Eustorgio, 3
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