Alfredo Camisa


Biographical notes

Alfredo Camisa (Bologna, 1927 – Pescia, Pistoia, 2007) lived most of his life in Florence. His photographic activity, only lasting from 1953 to 1961, began when he joined the photographic association Misa, with other emerging photographers like Mario Giacomelli and Piergiorgio Branzi. In 1956 he moved to the photographic group La Bussola, in which he developed a formalist language similar to Giuseppe Cavalli’s one. However, since a trip to Sicily in 1955, he began to redefine his style, then called lyric realism, creating images that would have provided him the opportunity to publish his photographs in few issues of the weekly magazine Il Mondo. His research on daily life is portraid with irony or even melancholy, but always with an incredible elegance. He wrote several essays, such as the one published in Fotoannuario (Görlich, Milano): in the 1958 issue he summarized the aesthetic trends in contemporary Italian photography. In 1961 he abandoned photography in order to work exclusively as a chemist. In 2002 he received from FIAF (Federazione Italiana Associazioni Fotografiche) the title of “Maestro Fotografo Italiano”.

Among the pubblications on his work figure: Alfredo Camisa. Carteggio 1955 – 1963, curated by Paolo Morello (ISSF, Palermo 2003); Il realismo lirico di Alfredo Camisa, curated by Giovanna Chiti (Archivio Fotografico Toscano, Prato, 2004) and Alfredo Camisa. Autore dell’anno (Monografie FIAF, Torino 2007).

A selection of his photographs is included in the international touring exhibition nd in the book NeoRealismo. La nuova immagine in Italia 1932-1960, published in Italian editions (Admira Edizioni, 2006), Spanish (La Fábrica Editorial, 2007), German (Christoph Merian Verlag / Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2007) and English (DelMonico Books•Prestel / Admira Edizioni, 2018).

All images © Archivio fotografico Alfredo Camisa.