Friday 18 October 2019, 18:00 - 19:30
The Histories of Photography.

From Robert Capa to Cortis & Sonderegger

curated by Alessandra Mauro for Contrasto
Carlo Scarpa Hall – € 5 – subscription to 4 events € 15
10 individual seats free and reserved for myMAXXI cardholders writing to mymaxxi@fondazionemaxxi.it by the day before the event

An anecdotal journey through the wars of yesterday and today.

You need more than a pencil to be a poet, says Elliott Erwitt. While anyone can take a “nice” photo, there are few capable of taking good photos within the context of a consistent photographic project. The strength of this project in fact lies in the identification of true photographic works; a project is defined by the quality of the idea, the ability to articulate it, to develop it in depth and to communicate it.

In the 2019 edition of the series The histories of photography, we shall be looking at four different ways of realising, studying, completing and distributing a photographic project examined through concrete “case histories”, from the survey of the Italian photographic landscape to the investigation of a nation through a series of portraits, to a commitment to recounting an emergency such as an earthquake, through to what it means to recount visually the wars of our times.

From Robert Capa to Cortis & Sonderegger. The iconic wars 
with Renata Ferri

Even before Robert Capa’s falling soldier and without ever forgetting him, war, all wars – old and new, conventional and original – have produced eternal icons. The uncontainable contemporary production of images has brought into question the uniqueness of the icon and therefore its possibility of living forever. An anecdotal journey through the wars of yesterday and today.


Renata Ferri: born in Rome in 1964, currently lives in Milan. A journalist, she is the chief photo editor of Io Donna, the women’s magazine of the Corriere della Sera and of Amica, an RCS Mediagroup monthly. She previously directed photographic production for Contrasto. She curates editorial and exhibition projects for individuals and groups. She has always been involved in teaching. A member of numerous Italian and international photographic prize juries, she has a blog dedicated to photographic stories on the Post.

Other events of the Le storie della fotografia 2019 cycle