Photographs by Carlo Bavagnoli, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Piergiorgio Branzi, Alfredo Camisa, Mario Carbone, Mario Carrieri, Tranquillo Casiraghi, Alfa Castaldi, Cesare Colombo, Carlo Cosulich, Carlo Dalla Mura, Pasquale De Antonis, Mario De Biasi, Nino De Pietro, Mario Dondero, Ernesto Fantozzi, Tullio Farabola, Mario Giacomelli, Giancolombo, Mario Ingrosso, Alberto Lattuada, Giuseppe Leone, Sante Vittorio Malli, Cecilia Mangini, Nino Migliori, Ugo Mulas, Federico Patellani, Franco Pinna, Stefano Robino, Fulvio Roiter, Chiara Samugheo, Tazio Secchiaroli, Enzo Sellerio, Roberto Spampinato, Pablo Volta, Ugo Zovetti and many others.

The research on Italian cultural movement “Neorealismo” has concentrated mostly on the literature and cinema with little acknowledgement of the the field of photography from the era.But it is exactly in photography where it has probably produced its higher and most coherent expression.

“Neorealism – the new image in Italy 1932-1960” analyses the existing relationship between photography and other fields of art, such as cinema and literature. The inspiration and reasons that drove the various authors are addressed in order to show the way they worked. Although they started from many diverse points of view and cultural approaches, their work led to an outcome which became coherent. This project also introduces a new interpretation of the phenomenon based upon the idea that the roots of neo-realism can be found in the fascist period.

The exhibition unfolds through different sections, starting from the privileged standpoint of photography with nearly 300 items of diverse typology. Next to the mostly vintage photographic prints are the original forums through which they were transmitted, such as illustrated magazines, photo-books and catalogues of exhibitions that have deeply influenced the evolution of the photographic expression. The section devoted to the literature of the period illustrates the works that marked and influenced the epoch and presents profiles of the major authors. The world of cinema is represented with the most renowned movie posters and through significant film cuts of the period, acting as didactic material throughout the exhibition. Three DVDs have been created specifically by Professor Gian Piero Brunetta in conjunction with the department of Film Studies of the University of Padova for this exhibition.

All images and additional materials, such as related publications are organized in themes in order to highlight the main characteristics of the neo-realistic image and to present the work of the photographers who were operating at the time in the right perspective:


Realism in the Fascist era The unsuspected roots of neo-realism    

Poverty and Reconstruction The backward conditions and the confidence in the future  

Ethnologic Inquiry Major scientific projects and eyewitnesses

Photojournalism and Illustrated Magazines Usage of the photographic image for communication purposes  

Between Art and Document Photographic circles: a place for debate and growth in the establishment of photography as a form of art  

numero fotografie 224 works (more of the half are vintage and later) 
formato immagini ranging from 15x15 to 50x60 cm
frames black wood and methacrylate, from 30x40 to 80x100 cm
additional materials 50 different items (magazines, posters, books, press photos, movie posters)
set up details            250 linear meters needed to display the photographs all non-photographic additional material takes about 20 sq m display cabinets 
catalogue NeoRealismo. La nuova immagine in Italia 1932-1960
curator Enrica Viganò