Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

• Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

The Exhibition Palace in Rome, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs of the most famous Italian photographers Gianni Berengo Gardin (Gianni Berengo Gardin), which is more than half a century has documented the rapidly changing life in Italy after the Second World War.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

Venice, 1958.

Gianni Gardin was born in 1930 near the city of Genoa, and after the Second World War he moved to Venice. At first, photography was his hobby, but after he was presented with a book of American photographers Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, he could see in his hobby deeper potential.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

This photo was taken in 1965.

During his life, Gianni Gardin has published more than 250 books, and despite its venerable age, it can still be seen roaming the city with a Leica camera.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

La Spezia, 2005.

Despite the fact that the photographer has traveled the world, his most famous images were taken in Italy, patients in psychiatric hospitals shabby; teenagers dancing on the beach to the music of the gramophone; Olivetti workers in the factory, and many others.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

"The vaporetto", 1960.

"People travel around the world to take pictures of places, such as Hawaii. But then they realize what is really beautiful, "- said Gardin about Italy.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

St. Mark's Square in Venice, 1959.

The most recent series of photographs by Gianni Gardin, created in 2013-2015, tells about the huge cruise ships that call at the Venice lagoon, then the port flooding huge crowds of tourists. These images contrast sharply with the photos made curtains in 1950-1960, in the days when you could take a picture of a couple kissing on a deserted Piazza San Marco.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

The island of Lido, 1958.

"You can no longer take pictures, as before, - says 85-year-old Gianni Gardin. Venice today is radically different to what it was before. It is awash with tourists. Everything has changed".

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

One of the pictures taken outside of Italy: Yugoslavia, 1979.

"I'm an old photographer, who was born in the era of this photograph, and I still want to fight for it."

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

The girl runs along the St. Mark's Square in Venice, scattering pigeons 1960.

However, in an era when people take pictures of all the smartphones in the world, and the newspapers are struggling to survive, Gianni Gardin admits that his struggle is doomed to failure.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

Couple on the coast of Normandy before the storm, 1933.

Exhibition of works by Gianni Gardin "Genuine Photo" (True Photography) runs until 28 August 2016.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

This photo was taken in 2001 in Catania - the ancient port city on the east coast of Sicily.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

Fishermen in Genoa, 2002.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

Repair work in the ancient port city of Genoa, 1988.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

Port of Genoa, 1988.

Stealing dolce vita: How to change the face of Italy for the past half century

Catalog dedicated to the exhibition "The real picture" (left) and photographer Gianni Gardin in Rome.