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EMOP Berlin 2020 : Italian Cultural Institute : Letizia Battaglia : Palermo and the Fight Against the Mafia


Letizia Battaglia is undoubtedly the most famous Italian photographer on the international scene. Her street views, portraits of women, and pictures of mafia murders tell the tale of her hometown Palermo – an al fresco film set. The whole of Palermo society is revealed through her lens: the rich, the poor, and the marginalized, the violence of life on its streets and squares. Battaglia interprets photography as a tool of civic engagement. She describes reality full-on, without filters or formal aids. Her most famous shots are those which illustrate the mafia wars in Sicily. Yet beside these images of the...

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