Ferdinando Scianna (1943)

Milan

Ferdinando Scianna ( Bagheria , 4 July 1943 ) is a photographer and photojournalist Italian .

“It’s his photograph, as a rapid, swift organization of reality, a catalyst of the objective reality in photographic reality: almost everything on which his eye rests, and its target is raised obeys just then, either before or later, for instantaneous magnetism, his feelings, his will, and – ultimately – to his style. »

He enrolled at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the ‘ University of Palermo , where he will follow different courses without completing his studies. In 1963, Leonardo Sciascia visit almost by chance his first photographic exhibition, whose theme is the popular festivals, at the cultural center of Bagheria. When they meet in person, a friendship was born immediately which will be crucial for the Scianna career.

Sciascia takes part in with a preface and texts to write his first book, Religious Festivals in Sicily , which won him the Nadar prize in 1966.

He moved to Milan in 1967 and within a year she began working as a photojournalist and special correspondent with the European , becoming later correspondent in Paris .

In 1977 he publishes in France Les Siciliens (Denoël), with texts by Dominique Fernandez and Leonardo Sciascia, and Italy The villa of the monsters (introduction of Leonardo Sciascia).

In Paris he writes for Le Monde Diplomatique and La Quinzaine littéraire and especially knows Henri Cartier-Bresson , whose work had influenced him since his youth. The great photographer will introduce it in 1982 as the first and only Italian photographer in the prestigious international photo agency, Magnum Photos , of which it will become a full member in 1989. in 1984 he collaborated with Bresson and Andre de Pieyre Mandiargues to Henri Cartier-Bresson: portraits (Collins).

Meanwhile he became friends and collaborated with several writers of success, including Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (who a few years later he wrote the introduction to The chaos forms , 1989). ) In the eighties he also works in high fashion and in advertising, establishing itself as one of the most popular photographers.  provides an essential contribution to the success of the campaigns of Dolce and Gabbana in the second half of the eighties.

In 1995 he returns to face the religious themes, publishing trip to Lourdes , and in 1999 are published portraits of the famous Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges .

The 2003 sees the release of the book Those of Bagheria (part of a larger project that includes a documentary and various exhibitions), reconstruction of the setting and the atmosphere of his youth through research in individual and collective memory. In December 2006 was presented the 2007 calendar of the Nebrodi Park , with twelve shots Messina actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta .

With countryman Giuseppe Tornatore , on the occasion of his new film Baaria , published in 2009, the photo book Baaria Bagheria .

 

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