'Paparazzi. Photographers and stars from the Dolce Vita times to the present day'

A photographic exhibition to recount the beginning and evolution of photojournalism

From 06 October 2018 to 03 February 2019

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After a first exhibit at the Turin CAMERA Foundation, from 6th October 2018 to 3rd February 2019 the photography exhibition 'Paparazzi. Photographers and stars from the Dolce Vita times to the present day’ lands in Vicenza.

Housed at the Gallerie d'Italia - Palazzo Leoni Montanari, the location of Intesa Sanpaolo’s museum in Vicenza, this fascinating photo exhibition in Vicenza, Italy, shows over one hundred images, arranged in six thematic sections, to present a sort of depiction of a very important phenomenon in the history of photography as well as offer the opportunity to analyze contemporary society by recounting moments of Italy’s history and past society trends. The visitor is therefore deeply encouraged to reflect on the different roles of photography from the Fifties to the present day.

The Vicenza photo exhibition begins with the surge of the Fifties, when Rome was the focal point of a group of independent rogue photographers... amongst them were Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti, Elio Sorci, Lino Nanni and Ezio Vitale. They focused their attention especially towards the protagonists of cinema that gravitated towards Cinecittà, the Italian version of Hollywood. Thanks to them, Anita Ekberg, Ava Gardner, Walter Chiari, Richard Burton, Liz Taylor and other celebrities were captured in unforgettable images ...

Owed to its beauty, the people who milled about and the unstoppable whirl of events, Rome saw the birth of the Dolce Vita and 'collective narration', a collection of personal stories and accounts about the characters of the showbiz world sustained by the frenetic activity of the photographers, both established ones and newcomers, who gathered in Rome and helped each other to seize private moments of celebrities or those in search of fame. But there were those who were not pleased by the intrusion into their private life... The Palazzo Leoni Montanari exhibition in 2018 will also present pictures of the assaults directed at the paparazzi, such as Walter Chiari confronting photographers or Anita Ekberg brandishing bow and arrow outside her villa.

It is during this time that the weekly magazines, presented in the final part of the exhibition, achieved widespread circulation: often stolen, imperfect but effective, the shots of the paparazzi became extremely popular.

The ‘Paparazzi’ exhibition in Italy next follows the evolution of society and media: the increasingly widespread use of magazines leads photography to take on an increasingly voyeuristic interest directed above all at powerful media and politics figures, but others also, as with Jackie Kennedy, a constant presence in magazines of glamour and gossip. Moreover, photographic equipment highly improved, with the long-focus lenses now allowing photographers to take pictures from great distances. This leads to a profound change in the activities of paparazzi, who no longer stalked celebrities on the streets, instead waited from a distance and in the most unlikely situations for the opportunity to shoot the perfect picture.

The fourth section of the Dolce Vita photo exhibition in Vicenza draws our attention to the theme of fake scoops, with celebrities themselves creating opportunities for the paparazzi: in order to avoid constant stalking and invasion of their private life, they communicate in a programmed way news about their private life. Famous is the picture that portrays Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren walking together in the garden of their villa with their baby Cipì in a pushchair.

The conclusion of the 'Paparazzi' - exhibition in Italy is dedicated to the work of a few contemporary artists who, inspired by the activities of the paparazzi, work at the border between reality and fiction, giving rise to endless scenarios on the 'virtual and digital worlds', ranging from fake news to cyberbullying. Among the images on display are those of the great photographer Ellen von Unwerth – capturing the likes of David Bowie, Kate Moss and Monica Bellucci - and English Alison Jackson who managed to unearth stolen shots apparently showing Marilyn and Lady Diana, which will leave the visitor amazed and amused.

And finally, an amusing fact: the term 'paparazzi', which spread all over the world after World War II, was already widely use in 'La Dolce Vita' by Federico Fellini. In the film Marcello Mastroianni plays a paparazzo, probably inspired by Tazio Secchiaroli, the photographer that Fellini had wanted to meet in person to better understand this new photographic 'genre' and the world he represented.

 

Created by Intesa Sanpaolo, based on a project by CAMERA - Italian Center for Photography, the exhibition 'Paparazzi. Photographers and stars from the Dolce Vita times to the present day' is one of the most interesting exhibitions running through the autumn and winter Vicenza! On our portal you can plan tours and activities to discover the city of Palladio in all its beauty ... And if you have time, do not forget to visit the great exhibition in Vicenza on Tiepolo, Guardi, Canaletto and the Pushkin Museum!

Palazzo Leoni Montanari - Paparazzi Exhibition tickets

  • Full: €5.00
  • Concession: €3.00

Opening times

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 18.00 with last admission at 5.30 pm
  • Closed on Monday
By Insidecom Editorial Staff