Pasquale De Antonis

Pasquale De Antonis was born in Teramo in 1908 and died in Rome in 2001. After his childhood in Teramo, he moved with his family to Pescara and devoted himself professionally to photography since the early 1930s. In the two-year period 1936 - 1937 he attended the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome and in 1939 he moved permanently to Rome where he took over the studio of the photographer Arturo Bragaglia in Piazza di Spagna. During this period he specialized in photographic portraiture and frequented the circles of cinema, art and literature. He is a friend of Ennio Flaiano who dedicates to him the story The photographs. In 1946 he began working for the theater collaborating with Luchino Visconti and later with Guerrieri, Strehler, Gassman, Squarzina, Lucignani, Zeffirelli, Tofano and De Lullo. He participates in the cultural life of the Obelisco Gallery in via Sistina, where he comes into contact with artists such as Corrado Cagli, the Afro brothers and Mirko Basaldella. His interest in fashion photography matures thanks to the acquaintance of Irene Brin, an established journalist and co-founder of the Obelisco Gallery. From the long collaboration with Irene Brin (1946-1968), refined photographs are born that help to define the image of Roman high fashion in its first phase of internationalization.

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