Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Life mag's iconic photos 1936-1970s shine in Rome


(By Kate Carlisle) Rome, May 3 - Modern photojournalism
in the 20th century sprang to life on the pages of an iconic
magazine whose style perhaps no other single publication over
the years has managed to replicate.
Photographers from Life magazine captured moments that
have been ingrained into a global imagination as symbolic of the
heart and soul of the United States, poignantly revealing the
last-century's moods and moments for all of the world to see.
These insights into the country's, and in part the
world's, last century will be on show at Rome's Auditorio Parco
della Musica until August 4, 2012.
From what has been dubbed the most famous kiss in the
world - the Times Square VJ-Day liplock between a waitress and
sailor - to the unforgettable photo of the rigid, semiconscious
Robert Kennedy in a pool of blood on a concrete floor being held
by Juan Romero, a busboy who seconds before seeing the senator
shot had shaken his hand, visitors will be able to look through
the lenses that tracked many of America's most historic and
dramatic moments.
The retrospective exhibit, created by Fondazione Musica
and FORMA for Photography, in collaboration with Life and
Contrasto photo agency, highlights "the role of the photographer
during a moment in history of great popularity for photography,
but during which there was not much consideration for its
professionals," FORMA President Roberto Koch says.
Also on display, Robert Capa's disputed photo of a soldier
during the Spanish Civil War at the moment a bullet exits from
his skull known as the Falling Soldier, the Apollo 11 launch,
Normandy landing and the endless countryside of rural America
with its clean faces of the 1950s alongside wide-eyed cinema
goers at drive-ins and wild sock-hop dancing.
Over 150 black and white photos starting from 1936, when
the magazine was bought out by Henry Luce for $92,000, through
the 1970s celebrate the authors and the images taken exclusively
for Life by its photographers.
"See life, see the world," was Luce's motto that
encompassed the magazine's approach to telling stories through
"It was 1936, TV did not exist. Life put images to words
and showed Americans America," exhibition curator Alessandra
Mauro says.
The show opens with three shots by Margaret Bourke-White -
the first female war correspondent, the first female permitted
to work in combat zones, and the first female photographer for
Luce's magazine.
"Life changed the history of the photography, teaching the
reporter to condense everything into an image, while training
our eyes and our collective iconography," Mauro says.

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