Italy: Luciano d'Alessandro, nd. Original/Signed/Numbered. Folio. VG- in general; the three photos have a hint of wrinkling from not being in hard frames.. Elephant folio. Flexible boards covered in beautiful, heavy cream paper with fleurs-de-lis motif. Grey cloth spine. Cream cotton ties at 3 open edges. Contents include 3 bw photographs (11.5x15 inches), each signed/numbered. Each is mounted onto a bi-fold piece of heavy, black, textured art paper; folded at top edge, the front "page" has a window cut to frame the image underneath. The mounting sheets themselves are 19.5x27 inches. Each photo assembly slipped within a bi-fold sheet of cream paper, also 19.5x27 inches. The entire contents housed in the folio. Will require extra shipping. 5 pounds but oversize. Three amazing monochrome photos by Neapolitan photographer, Luciano d'Alessandro. No dates or titles, but the photos look as if they were taken in the 1960s or 1970s in and around Naples. All three are signed "Luciano d'Alessandro" and numbered I/xv F.C. This perhaps denotes that these are the first photos of a printing of 15, and the F.C. could denote a person, museum, place, etc. No viable information has popped up. D'Alessandro is a renowned Italian photo-journalist whose works graced publications such as L'Espresso, Time, Life, Stern, The European, Corriere della Sera, Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Le Monde, etc. He also served as photo editor of "Il Mattino" of Naples. D'Alessandro's works are held in collections at MoMA, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and several other museums, foundations and collections worldwide. He is known for depicting, in his evocative photos, man's human condition, capturing raw emotion, whether in street scenes or on the faces of those in mental hospitals. D'Alessandro also is the author of several books, and his works have been featured in many exhibitions world-wide. The three photographs here are views of: (1) a youth going through a switch-back walkway and carrying several sacks over both shoulders. Laundry is hanging on lines in the background. (2) Three young men walking past a small grocery shop (Alimentari) in a larger market hall. A large bollard sits in the foreground, and hams/salami hang in the doorway of the shop. Several tattered papers that had been posted on a support column outside the market house are visible in the background. One man in the photo is DEFINITELY dressed in '60s ("mod") garb! (3) Two young men walking, facing right; one elderly woman, walking, facing left. The young men are not together but have similar walking/body positions and dress styles; the woman is of another era; the three, however, form a triangle in their position, and the building behind them has architectural ornamentation that, with the shadows, also appear to be in light/dark triangles. The shadows of all three people are visible. Light and shadow...Obviously, these photos need to be framed by a professional and hung so they can be admired by you or by many! A real find.
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