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Ferdinando Scianna : Geometry + Passion
Ferdinando Scianna
Geometry + Passion
M.I.P., August 3, 2009
For the first time in France, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie presents a retrospective of the work of Italian photographer Ferdinando Scianna, who is also a journalist and writer. The exhibition presents a selection of 120 photographs from several series made from the 1960s onwards, and which have formed the basis for several books including Feste religiosi in Sicilia, Marpessa, Dormire, les Siciliens and Mondo Bambino.

Ferdinando Scianna /Two women, 1987
Ferdinando Scianna /Two women, 1987
 
Born in Sicily, Ferdinando Scianna first came to the attention of the public when he was 21 years old thanks to Feste religiose in Sicilia, a book he produced with the writer Leonardo Sciascia. In a style close to Italian neo-realism, it documents the fervour of religious festivals in Sicily. The book was awarded a distinction at the 1966 Nadar Awards.

Ferdinando Scianna portrait_Gaetano Gianzi
Ferdinando Scianna portrait_Gaetano Gianzi
 
Employed by the magazine l’Europeo, he moved to Milan and then Paris as the magazine’s correspondent. Ferdinando Scianna produced many press articles but continued to photograph his native Sicily, giving us images that are both light and dark, reflecting the ambivalence of his relationship with the island, a mixture of passion and clear-sighted detachment.

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