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BETWEEN TWO FIRES: Literature and Photography, 1761 - 2000 at Pomodoro Foundation

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April 2009
Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation, Milan  

The National Association of Photographic Editors (GRIN), with the support of UniCredit Group, presents a film by Cesare Colombo, Between Two Fires: Literature and Photography, 1761 - 2000.



The screening will take place at the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation. Guest speakers will include:

Cesare Colombo, photographer and historian of photography
Adamo Calabrese, writer and illustrator
Roberto Mutti, photography critic



In March 2008, at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, an international conference was held entitled "Italian Literature and Photography." Some 30 speakers, principally from the U.K., the United States, Canada and Australia, participated. The success of the program, which may have surprised those involved, confirmed a tremendous international interest in and admiration for Italy's contributions to the fields of literature and photography. Among the presentations, the film by Cesare Colombo was shown at the beginning of the conference in order to provide a historical overview of the trends and perspectives that have connected Italian photographers, authors and their critics. The documentary took as its starting point Carlo Goldoni's 1761 description of magic lantern slideshows in the streets of Venice, an optical innovation prefiguring modern photography. Twenty case studies were presented from the 19th and 20th centuries. They included painted portraits of writers by Nunes Vais, the interpretive poetic collaborations of Montale and Mulas, the recreational photography of writer Giovanni Verga, the photojournalism of Carla Cerati and the family memoires of Lalla Romano.




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