Modena e i suoi fotografi
1870 - 1945
For over 170 years, the art of photography has been practiced in Modena at the highest levels. From the old ateliers Orlandini, Sorgato, Bandieri and Andreola, to the great amateur photographers such as Ferruccio Testi and Francesco Carbonieri, the exhibition does not simply trace the early history of photography and highlight the urban developments of the city, it also offers the chance to appreciate the artistic values of many artists who, from the late 19th and early 20th century, laid the foundations for a deep rooted culture of photography.
These professional photographers offer an official view of the city ‘fin de siècle’: images in which people appear almost by accident or chance and buildings, palaces and monuments seem removed from their context, almost isolated, as an ideal architectural catalogue. The fascist era imposed a strong influence and censorship over the photographers’ artistic freedom, whose activity was transformed and limited by the eye of the regime.
The amateur photographers such as Testi and Carbonieri, who both came from the wealthy backgrounds of Modenese society, chose instead to photograph the daily life and routine of the people, their hobbies as well as the official sporting events. Their images are characterized by a sense of freshness and freedom, in the manner one would take pictures for their personal interest.
The collection of all these artists’ visions gives the possibility to understand the richness and the plurality of the photographic language at the turn of the 19th and 20th century.
Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino
Largo Porta Sant’Agostino, 228
41121 Modena, Italy
Saturday and Sunday 11-19
€ 5,00 (for all the exhibitions)
free admission: under 12, visitors with disabilities, press, “Amici di Fondazione Fotografia” members
admission fee for all visitors every Wednesday