These beautiful pictures of the city of Milan by night come from 02blog.it and show the Vittorio Emanuele II gallery lit up. Walking the roof of Milan’s duomo is famous, but doing so on the galleria gives you a new perspective altogether of the Duomo (looking like a scale model), and the impressive architecture and iron structure that is the gallery itself. The building was designed by Italian architect Giuseppe Mengoni and was built in 1865. It remains today one of Milan’s favourite places for locals and tourists alike.
These interesting backstage pics from the Dolce & Gabbana spring-summer 2011 range come from Stefano Gabbana himself. It seems that an eye for fashion and an eye for photography go hand in hand. Stefano took the pics with his cell phone and we can clearly recognise David Gandy and Tony Ward from the latest campaign for the Dolce & Gabbana men’s fragrance, 11 La force.
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The World Press Photo Exhibition Italian stopoff will take place in Naples this year, marking one of the world’s most prestigious photography events occurring since 1955. The exhibition has previously been held in Milan, but this year it’s moving to the Palazzo delle Arti in Naples from September 24 to October 14.
The Exhibition will be on its way from Japan and the move to Naples is an exciting event for the city as the 2009 World Press Photo prize went to a local photographer, Pietro Masturzo, for his depiction of the rooftops of Teheran. The city of Naples is hoping to host the Italian leg of the exhibition in the future and plenty of workshops and meetings have been organised to help support the event. Photographers present include Masturzo, Joe Petersberger who will run a workshop and David Chancellor, a previous winner of the People In The News Stories category. For more information, see the World Press Photo Italian site.
After our first look at Milan in vintage pictures, this next instalment shows an important crossroads in the city that is unfortunately no longer the pleasant scene in the photograph above. The unrecognisable gem with the little garden and Birra Italia sign above is, in fact, Piazzale Loreto. See it on Google Maps now and you start to understand the elegance of Milan….once upon a time.
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This picture from Italy shows Milan before the bombings of WWII ruined some of its splendour. We can see the elegant buildings and wide avenues still standing and sometimes even now, in the nothern Italian city of commerce, we get a glimpse of those bygone times.
The photograph in question shows Corso Matteotti in the San Babila area. Check out Milan on Google Maps to see the street view of the two lovely buildings on the left, albeit with street works going on in front.
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In this hot Italian summer we’re having, if you find yourself stuck in Rome and not at the beach there are plenty of things to do and see in the world of art and culture, some of which provide air conditioned locations. Exhibitions in Rome open for the summer are many and varied and start with a painting exhibition from Pio Pullini of 25 years in Rome from 1920 to 1945. Paintings show life during WWII and the costumes and traditions of Rome in those years, often with a touch of irony. It’s on show at the Museo di Roma, Palazzo Braschi.
Then there’s the exhibition on Greek art at the Musei Capitolini, but if you want something more romantic, take in the watercolours of Rome by Ettore Roesler Franz (1845-1907) at the Muse di Roma in Trastevere, or the etchings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi at the Casa di Goethe. If you’re interested in quirkier exhibitions, there’s the ‘Cinema di Piombo‘ about Italian crime in the 1970’s (also in Trastevere), or the exhibition on renewable energy art at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Photography in Rome is represented by the exhibition of William Klein’s works of Rome (famous for being an assitant director to Federico Fellini) from 1956 to 1960 at the Roman forum museum. Urban landscapes by Joel Sternfeld is also on at the MACRO and some beautiful photography of Italian artisanship by Francesco Filangeri can be seen at the Sala S.Rita. These come before Rome celebrates its festival of photography in September at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
Celebrations of La Dolce Vita and Fellini continue with the “Da Manara a Fellini - Viaggio da Roma a Tulum” exhibition along the banks of the Tiber, and also at the Trajan markets museum with “La Dolce Vita 1950-1960, gli anni d’oro della cronaca rosa” from August 3 to November 14. And if you want something that combines a little of everything of the dolce vita, check out the Philip Guston exhibition followed by aperitifs and live jazz at the Museo Carlo Bilotti at the Villa Borghese.
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These amazing photographs are part of Eric “The Incredimazing” Fischer’s Geotaggers World Atlas. The purpose of these particular images has been to filter what locals vs tourists photographs in some of the world’s big tourism locations. The blue areas are local photographs, while the red areas are tourists. The yellow dots are where it can’t be determined (but most likely they’re tourists).
Unsurprisingly, Rome and Venice are cities almost entirely photographed by tourists. The red areas of Rome in this image, in fact, represent St Peter’s Square, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Las Vegas is also a city almost exclusively photographed by tourists, while Vancouver enjoys more local photographers.
Foligno, in Umbria, is celebrating Italy’s cultural and natural heritage with a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Italian sites included on the UNESCO world heritage list. With some photos dating back prior to 1854, the exhibition celebrates 150 years of the 44 Italian UNESCO sites.
The photographs show all kinds of aspects of the UNESCO Italian heritage sites, which range from man-made, cultural icons to natural wonders like the Dolomites. Some historic photos show the evolution of how our treatment and use of naturally and culturally significant symbols has changed over the years. It’s quite a journey from prehistoric and archaeological finds, to the culture of the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods, up to the growth of industry in the early 1900’s.
The exhibition can be viewed at the Palazzo Trinci in Foligno until May 8th.
The beautiful Villa d’Este in Tivoli is hosting a photographic exhibition celebrating Italy’s treasures included on the UNESCO world heritage list. It makes a fantastic day trip from Rome to escape the city and see both a wonderful photo exhibition and the Villa d’Este itself.
There are 44 Italian sites on the world heritage list, and all are presented in a kind of grand tour of photographs, called: “Il paesaggio descritto”, or the “the landscape described”. Luca Capuano is the photographer in question, and he travelled Italy for nine months to collect 450 photos for the exhibition.
From the Dolomites to Sicily, you can see them all in the rooms of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli, from March 13 to April 18, from Tuesdays to Sundays. It costs euros 6.50 for admission. For more information, see the Beni culturali site.
We saw the famous kisses exhibition in Italy for Valentine’s Day, with international and Italian divas in scenes from well known films in amorous poses with their leading men. Another Valentine’s Day exhibition in Italy takes on just the fascination of the female figure, with photographs of women drinking while on set.
It’s not perhaps the most obvious of exhibitions, but it’s certainly a sensual, and even sexual theme for Valentine’s Day. The photographic exhibition takes place in Rome and the photos include actresses captured on set while enjoying a refreshment from their work.
It’s the art of drinking and the “Città del Gusto”, Rome, will be the stage for the exhibition, called “Sorsi da Star” from April 10th. Most of the photographs are ones taken in stolen moments, showing rare shots of unmasked stars from the 50’s in a time where “star” meant something different from our modern saturation of celebrities.