Who is the famous photographer and what did she do important?

Numbers like those of Letizia Battagliahave made the fine arts their essence CVthe world of cinema and documentaries can only inspire.

True to the reportage style that marked the great career of this indomitable woman, Rai 1 has decided to pay homage to her during prime time at 9.20pm Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd May. It actually airs there miniseries by Roberto Andò starring Isabella Ragonese «Just out of passion – Letizia Battaglia photographed“. Tracing the contours of an existence free from patterns and conventions, this work is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the lights and shadows of an intense life that, alongside burning mafia themes, brings together tales of international awards and exhibitions.

However, to fully enjoy this vision, it is important to find out where Letizia Battaglia was born, where her photography and, more generally, her art of living in balance come from. So check him out biographical history and the many successes that shaped him professional activitylet’s understand who was the character who revolutionized the panorama of Italian photojournalism.

Private life of Letizia Battaglia

On April 13, 2022, Letizia Battaglia died at the age of 87 in Cefalù. The Italian photojournalist, who has been suffering from cancer for some time, left her mark with her photos of Palermo and Italy Mafia crimes of the seventies and eighties. These shots have gone viral, but the woman behind the lens has a biography of equal depth.

Its colorful story, punctuated by sometimes shocking events, begins on March 5, 1935 in Palermo, a city particularly bigoted and backward at the time, which will tell a lot about its production and leave a deep mark on it.

The first event that shaped his private life was marriage at a very young age, He married as a matter of fact at only 16 years old and had three daughters: Cinzia, Shobha and Patrizia Stagnitta. Marriage choice was in fact a dream of autonomy and emancipation from the family, it dissolved and failed in a relationship severely disciplined by patriarchal rules, an intolerable context when combined with the role of mother that did not allow her to continue her studies.

This dissatisfaction seeps into the couple and Battaglia’s intellectual curiosity is perceived as a threat by her husband. Accused of adultery, she suffers a nervous breakdown and is admitted to a Swiss clinic, where she undergoes psychiatric treatment. She then returned to Palermo, where she decides to face her malaise with psychoanalysis, but finds a still precarious balance.

Marital unhappiness leads to genuine extramarital affairs and a desire to escape from her husband’s love, which she describes as possessive and suffocating divorceat a time when this practice was not widely accepted.

Meeting the young photographer Santi gives her new hope and the turning point towards independence emerges from the passionate story. Together with his three daughters he moves from the roof of Palermo and looks for his own way.

He was 38 years old and only four years earlier (1969) had he started photographing for the newspaper time by Vittorio Nisticò; is theOnly women in an editorial world made up entirely of men.

Mafia photojournalist, fight and famous shots

His career He took her to Milan for about four years, but in 1974 he returned to his native country and founded a significant company together with Franco Zecchin Agency from the name Photographic Information.

This is where his most productive documentary work begins: the recordings of mafia crimes. It documents the carnage in which the Cosa Nostra kills police officers, judges and citizens. These black and white photos shock even abroad.

This led her in the 1980s to set up the “If-Laboratory” for Palermo photographers and photojournalists and to win the prize in 1985Eugene Smithand forgive of the sector that has never before been in the hands of a European woman. The first Mother Johnson Achievement for Life then it was paid to her in 1999.

His most famous shots are those at the Hotel Zagarella, in which Andreotti was portrayed dealing with clan members or the assassination of Judge Terranova and the funeral of General Dalla Chiesa.

The murder of Giovanni Falcone however, it marks a turning point; It impresses her so much that she says she no longer wants to take photographs and would rather devote herself to collaborative awareness and dissemination activities.

This event is actually linked to the mini-series named after her, as the second part will be broadcast precisely in celebration of Legality Day, which marks the 30th of December Capaci Massacre.

Letizia Battaglia: symbol of feminist courage

Battaglia was a woman with a double soul: anti-mafia activist on the one hand, unconscious feminist on the other. These two struggles run parallel but intertwine when Letizia encourages young aspiring photographers to get in touch, or, as Maria Pia Ammirati, director of Rai Fiction, said, when one realizes how both issues collide with a difficult and reluctant change.

Finally, in Battaglia’s work, the desire that moved her in her intimacy to give space to the self-determination and centrality of the female figure recurs again and again. In fact, he photographs them many faces of little girls, mothers and grandmothers snapped shut shaped by territorial ideological notions in which women have historically played a marginal role.

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