A Flash of art, Action photographers in Rome 1953-1973


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A Flash of Art is a group exhibition featuring a rare selection of vintage prints illustrating the original chases, brawls, betrayals and scandals of la Dolce Vita in Rome, Italy, a time when photographers such a Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti, Pierluigi Pratulon, Velio Cioni, Lino Nanni, Elio Sorci, would direct their shameless cameras at international jet-set stars, such as Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Aristotele Onassis, Omar Sharif, Anita Ekberg, Gina Lollobrigida, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and many more. The exhibition is made of more than 300 original vintage prints originally coming from about 30 photographers’ archives or their estates.

The show A Flash of Art – Action Photography in Rome 1953-1973, is curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and features other critical apparatus such as original audio interviews with photographers, a video project realized in collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà and video installations within the exhibition space by Alessandro Amaducci. Photology has been travelling this show for the first time in 2003 to the Moscow House of Photography and in 2004 to Palazzo Venezia in Rome. The catalogue A Flash Of Art – Action Photography in Rome 1953-1973, published in 2004, contains extensive texts by Bonito Oliva and Davide Faccioli.