Until 9th July 2017, the Museum of Rome in Trastevere will host the exhibition Italo Insolera, il bianco e nero delle città Immagini 1951-1984, a series of fifty never before seen photographs by Italo Insolera from the post-war period to the 1980s.
The exhibition which opens on 11th May in Rome, re-evokes the figure of the architect, urban planner and historian, author of the famous essay "Modern Rome", published by Einaudi, which recounted the urban history of Rome from 1870 to the 1970s. Insolera was a keen amateur photographer who wanted to record the processes of urban development and transformation, the main aim of his work. Black and white photography, was the tool chosen by this architect-urban planner to document his commitment to defending cultural and environmental heritage, and a constant search for solutions for governing the territory in the interests of the community. The images on display relate not only to Rome, but follow the author’s development. From early shots of Rome related to his training in the 1950s, to Sicily and Abruzzo, where Insolera held his first professional roles. After the publication of the essay "Modern Rome", in 1962, come photographs from middle age, taken in Sardinia and Valneria. These photos show a growing interest in the signs that man leaves on a city and on the landscape. Finally, in the 1970s, Insolera devoted himself once more to Rome, creating images with stronger contrasts, and a greater emotional tension.
Title: Italo Insolera,il bianco e nero delle città Immagini 1951-1984 (the City in Black and White, Photography 1951-1984)
Curated by Cristina Archinto and Alessandra Valentinelli
Sponsored by: the Rome Cultural Development Committee - Capitolina Cultural Heritage Commission and MiBACT-the Lazio Libraries and Archives Commission
Date: From 12th May to 9th July 2017
Opening: Thursday 11th May 2017 6 pm
Location: The Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Piazza S. Egidio 1/b - Rome, Italy
Photos: Italo Insolera