The images of Sicily by the great Italian photographer Franco Zecchin who was part of the Magnum agency are finally gathered in this superb album.
The photographs go through the years 1970-1990 to project us elsewhere, towards other contexts, European and Mediterranean testifying to these connections and their consequences. Franco has covered the crimes of the mafia, scourge then tolerated by the public authorities and borne by the civilian populations.
“At first, I did not choose to work on the mafia. I liked Palermo a lot, its climate. But doing journalism in this city involved dealing with the mafia. Which I did, off the books, for the left opposition daily L’Ora. I belonged to the first anti-mafia association in Palermo. The topography of the city was very marked by the assassinations: one did not make an appointment between such and such street but the street where judge Falcone was killed. ”
Franco Zecchin graduated in nuclear physics, he became, in 1975, professional photographer for the daily L’Ora until 1988, making photos on the Mafia, political corruption and miserable social conditions. In 1987 he was appointed director of the political and cultural magazine Grandevù. In 1988, he became an associate member of Magnum photo agency, and in 1991, he began a new project Les Nomades with the Tuaregs in the Sahara published by Lamartinière in 1998. Photos of Franco Zecchin appear in the collection of the Rochester International Museum of Photography , the MOMA of NewYork and the European House of Photography in Paris.
Franco Zecchin – Continent Sicile
Fine books / Photography Price: 35 euros
Size: 31 x 25 cm
126 pages, two colors
On sale on September 10, 2019