The New Beginning for Italian Photography: 1945-1965

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September 12 - November 10

Mario Giacomelli - Scanno, 1957-59 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario Giacomelli 

Scanno, 1957-59
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1957-59
11 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches 

Mario Giacomelli - Presa di Coscienza sulla natura, 1970-76 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario Giacomelli 

Presa di Coscienza sulla natura, 1970-76
Gelatin silver print
12 x 15 3/4 inches

Mario Giacomelli - Scanno (boy), 1957 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario Giacomelli 

Scanno (boy), 1957
Gelatin silver print; printed later
11 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches

Sante Vittorio Malli - Notturno n. 1 (Night #1), 1957 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Sante Vittorio Malli 

Notturno n. 1 (Night #1), 1957
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1957
14 5/8 x 11 3/8 in.

Sante Vittorio Malli - Controluce (Backlit), 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Sante Vittorio Malli 

Controluce (Backlit), 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1958
15 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches

Mario De Biasi - Napoli, 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario de Biasi 

Napoli, 1950s
Gelatin silver print; printed 1950s
11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches

Sante Vittorio Malli - Treni (Trains), 1957 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Sante Vittorio Malli

Treni (Trains), 1957
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1957
7 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches

Sante Vittorio Malli - Dal tunnel (From the Tunnel), 1957 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Sante Vittorio Malli

Dal tunnel (From the Tunnel), 1957
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1957
14 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.

Stefano Robino - Dalla Mole antoneilliana (From the Mole Antoneilliana), 1970 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Stefano Robino 

Dalla Mole antoneilliana (From the Mole Antonelliana), 1970
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970
13 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches

Roberto Spampinato - Dancing Santa Tecla Be-Bop, Milano, 1954 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Roberto Spampinato

Dancing Santa Tecla Be-Bop, Milano, 1954
Gelatin silver print; printed later
15 7/8 x 11 3/8 inches

Mario De Biasi - Sagrato di Piazza del Duomo con la neve, Milano (Piazza del Duomo Churchyard with Snow), 1951 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario de Biasi

Sagrato di Piazza del Duomo con la neve, Milano (Piazza del Duomo Churchyard With Snow), 1951
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1951
8 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches

Carlo Bavagnoli - Da "Gente di Trastevere", Roma (From People of Trastevere", Rome), 1957-58 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Carlo Bavagnoli

Da "Gente di Trastevere", Roma (From "People of Trastevere", Rome), 1957-58
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1957-58
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches

Carlo Bavagnoli - Da "Gente di Trastevere", Roma (From People of Trastevere", Rome), 1957-58 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Carlo Bavagnoli

Da "Gente di Trastevere", Roma (From, "People of Trastevere", Rome), 1957-58
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1957-58
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches

Carlo Bavagnoli - Da "Gente di Trastevere", Roma (From People of Trastevere", Rome), 1957-58 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Carlo Bavagnoli

Da "Gente di Trastevere", Roma (From, "People of Trastevere", Rome), 1957-58
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1957-58
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches

Augusto Cantamessa - Breve Orizzonte (Brief Horizon), 1955 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Augusto Cantamessa 

Breve Orizzonte (Brief Horizon), 1955
Gelatin silver print; printed later
19 3/4 x 16 inches

Enrico Cattaneo - Giovani d'oggi, Milano (Youth of Today, Milan), 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Enrico Cattaneo 

Giovani d'oggi, Milano (Youth of Today, Milan), 1961
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1961
7 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Enrico Cattaneo - Giovani d'oggi, Milano (Youth of Today, Milan), 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Enrico Cattaneo

Giovani d'oggi, Milano (Youth of Today, Milan), 1961
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1961
7 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Fulvio Roiter - Valcamonica, 1962 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Fulvio Roiter

Valcamonica, 1962
Gelatin silver print; printed later
18 3/8 x 14 1/4 inches

Mario De Biasi - Gli Italiani si voltano, Milano (The Italians Turn Around, Milan), 1954 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario de Biasi

Gli italiani si voltano, Milano (The Italians Turn Around, Milan), 1954
Gelatin silver print; printed later
8 x 12 1/8 inches

Mario De Biasi - Ombre sul muro (Shadow on the wall), 1948 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario de Biasi 

Ombre sul muro (Shadow on the wall), 1948
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948
7 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches

Mario De Biasi - Porta Vittoria, Milano, 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Mario de Biasi 

Porta Vittoria, Milano, 1950s
Gelatin silver print; printed 1950s
9 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches

Sante Vittorio Malli - La scala (The Staircase), 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Sante Vittorio Malli 

La scala (The Staircase), 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1958
15 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches

Stefano Robino - Emigranti alla partenza della Cristoforo Colombo, Genova (Emigrants at the Departure of the Christopher Columbus, Genoa), 1959 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Stefano Robino

Emigranti alla partenza della Cristoforo Colombo, Genova (Emigrants at the Departure of the Christopher Columbus, Genoa), 1959
Gelatin silver print; printed later
15 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

Stefano Robino 

Alla partenza della Cristoforo Colombo, Genova (At the Departure of the Christopher Columbus, Genoa), 1957
Gelatin silver print; printed later
4 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches

Stefano Robino - Alla partenza della Cristoforo Colombo, Genova (At the Departure of the Christopher Columbus, Genoa), 1957 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Stefano Robino

Alla partenza della Cristoforo Colombo, Genova (At the Departure of the Christopher Columbus, Genoa), 1957
Gelatin silver print; printed later
18 x 14 1/4 inches

Stefano Robino - Bambini ai giardini (Children in the Gardens), 1959 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Stefano Robino 

Bambini ai giardini (Children in the Gardens), 1959
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1959
11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Stefano Robino - L'altalena (The Swing), 1959 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Stefano Robino 

L'altalena (The Swing), 1959
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1959
15 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches

Stefano Robino  - L'amico Ranati in azione, Saluzzo (My Friend Ranati in Action, Saluzzo), 1965 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Stefano Robino 

L'amico Ranati in azione, Saluzzo (My Friend Ranati in Action, Saluzzo), 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed later
15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches 

Stefano Robino - Paolo d Fernando, Gavi, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery -2018

Stefano Robino 

Paolo e Fernando, Gavi, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1958
15 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches

Stefano Robino - Paolo, Gavi, 1959 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018
Stefano Robino 
Paolo, Gavi, 1959
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1959
9 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches 
Tullio Farabola - Milano, December 4, 1961 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Tullio Farabola

Milano, December 4, 1961
Gelatin silver print; printed later
9 1/2 x 12 inches

Press Release

Neorealism is difficult to define. It is an impulse. It is a moment. It is an act of

recovery and restoration. It is a source of inspiration, a fountain that never stops flowing.

– Martin Scorsese 

 

An exhibition of Italian postwar photography will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from September 12 through November 10, 2018. Through the lens of neorealism, The New Beginning for Italian Photography: 1945-1965 explores how photographers documented daily realities during the two decades after World War II. The exhibition at Howard Greenberg, a collaboration with Admira Photography Studio, is presented in conjunction with NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960, which opens in September in two exhibitions at New York University. Also in September, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring a selection of postwar images from their permanent collection. In addition, a new book, NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy 1932-1960 (Prestel) by Enrica Viganò, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese, will be published in September. An opening reception at Howard Greenberg Gallery will be held on Wednesday, September 12, from 6-8 p.m.

 

Associated with cinematic and literary depictions of postwar conditions, photography’s embrace of neorealism illuminated the here and now of a country emerging from ruins, alive with vitality and hope. With print media outlets on the rise, photographers and their reportage played an integral role in picturing the postwar period when 1945, later termed “year zero,” was time for a new beginning. In graphic compositions that master line and shape, the images on view capture fleeting moments that become the seeds of longer imagined narratives. Humanist in nature, the beautifully printed images in the exhibition convey a concern with finding unusual stories in quotidian scenes. 

 

Among the photographers in the exhibition are Carlo Bavagnoli, who photographed in working-class neighborhoods in Rome, and later contributed to Life magazine; Mario de Biasi, who began taking pictures in 1944 with a camera found in the rubble of Nuremberg; Sante Vittorio Malli, who dedicated himself to portraits and landscapes, and established the photo group, Il Naviglio, in 1956; Franco Pinna, who took his first photographs in Rome in 1944, during the  arrival of the Allied troops; and Stefano Robino, an artist and designer known for his cultured and elegant style.

 

Independent curator and journalist Enrica Viganò has spent over a decade researching the phenomenon of Italian neorealism in photography and identifying important works and artists of the period. As she writes in an essay in the new book NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy 1932-1960, “This period of the country’s rebirth was characterized by an attempt at collective identification, a venture in which photography could play an essential role. The vision of the photographers dealt with genuine people, real landscapes, collective stories that vibrated with skin and soul.”