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The ICI presents a selection of rare images by the great Italian photographer Tazio Secchiaroli.

Born in Rome in 1925, Tazio Secchiaroli was one of the first “paparazzo-style attack” photographers, to the point of inspiring Federico Fellini for the Paparazzo character in La Dolce Vita. His career, however, over time developed into another direction that highlighted his great authorial qualities. The two coloured photos portraying Fellini on the set of 8½, featured in the exhibition, clearly show how, with the help of his trusted printer Luigi Carnevali, Secchiaroli also experimented with the “matter” of photography. Thanks to his exceptional ability and his great love for the world of cinema, he worked extensively with many protagonists on the Italian film scene and is commonly considered the first photojournalist of cinema.

The exhibition puts together some valuable works made by Secchiaroli during the filming of important pictures by legendary Italian directors such as Federico Fellini, Ettore Scola, Michelangelo Antonioni, Sergio Leone and Vittorio De Sica. Each of the images on display reveals the extraordinary ability of the photographer in establishing a strong and personal bond with the directors and actors photographed. He does not just mechanically document the various sets, but creates original and revealing portraits of great personalities that “lived” those magical places: this is evident, for example, in the image depicting a joyous Marcello Mastroianni running on a scooter during the filming of A Special Day, or in the aforementioned one portraying Federico Fellini jumping with a whip on the set of 8½.

As a compendium to the show, two photos taken by Secchiaroli in London in 1966 for his own reportage made after his work on the set of Blow Up, the film by Antonioni, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.

From 14 March to 17 April 2016.
Exhibition curated by Marco Delogu and Nicola Curzio.

Admission free, booking via email rsvp.icilondon@esteri.it 

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