Paparazzi are coming! – Vicenza
6 October 2018 – 3 February 2019. The art of candid photography from ‘La Dolce Vita’ to present day.
From October 6, 2018 to February 3, 2019, Paparazzi are coming (in Italian: Arrivano i Paparazzi!) is an exhibition taking place at Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza.
Thanks to Intesa Sanpaolo bank’s commitment in collaboration with the Italian Centre for Photography (CAMERA), the exhibit is fully dedicated to the art of candid photography so famous in Rome during the “Dolce Vita” years when the most famous movie stars came to work at Cinecittà Studios.
The exhibit tells the story of the phenomenon that changed the history of photography, from its origins in 1950s Italy to its contemporary international perception.
Arrivano i Paparazzi ‘s main focus is on Rome in the 1950s: visitors are able to soak up in the atmosphere of the time thanks to images by photographers such as Tazio Secchiaroli, Ezio Vitale, Marcello Geppetti and Lino Nanni, that manage to perfectly recapture those captivating years.
The exhibit then unfolds through the changes of the following decades, with the context becoming “raunchier” and Paparazzi’s photos voyeuristic: no more close-ups, but rather private, intimate moments, stealthily shot.
The photographs portray past and present VIPs, from the famous years of ‘La Dolce Vita’ to the digital age, in a real historical depiction of the art that was able to influence trends and habits of society.
Protagonists are always the rich and famous – actors and directors first, politicians and models then; among them: Anita Ekberg, Ava Gardner, Walter Chiari, Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy-Onassis.
The exhibition also hosts works by contemporary artists such as Alison Jackson who reflect on the fascinating but controversial activity of Paparazzi.
Plus, a number of events to further examine the phenomenon, such as encounters with professional photographers, photography workshops for both adults and kids, free classes in photography and creative writing.
(cover photo:Tazio Secchiaroli in agguato, by Ezio Vitale. Rome, 1958; photo credits)