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Letizia Battaglia: Passion, Justice, Freedom--Photgraphs of Sicily Hardcover – Jun 1999

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893818054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893818050
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 24 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,875,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aperture brings to the fore the captivating and politically charged photographs of Sicilian photographer Battaglia. For the last 30 years, Battaglia has documented the many pains and relatively few triumphs of her native Palermo, a city that was, until recently, clenched in the fists of the Cosa Nostra. She covered Mafia killings and suicides, the poverty of the Palermitani, and, most importantly, the maxi trials of the early 1990s, during which prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino were assassinated. "I took pictures of everything," Battaglia is quoted as saying. "Suddenly I had an archive of blood." In 1993, police raided Battaglia's studio to uncover any evidence that would link former prime minister Giulio Andreotti to the Mafia. Sure enough, the authorities found a photo that Battaglia didn't realize she had taken of Andreotti with known crime boss Nino Salvo; the trial is expected to end this year. Contributors such as Stille (Excellent Cadavers), Renate Siebert (Secrets of Life and Death: Women and the Mafia), and Palermo mayor Leoluca Orlando offer enlightening background on the maxi trials, recent Sicilian history, and Battaglia herself. For most collections.AMark Rotella, Brooklyn
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"At its worst there were as many as five Mafia-related killings a day [in Palermo]. And wherever the murder was, there, too, was a small, slightly disheveled, blond dynamo, brandishing her camera like a weapon as she recorded the carnage for her paper. Now, some one hundred of those images have been gathered in Letizia Battaglia: Passion, Justice, Freedom--Photographs of Sicily. The book is a stark indictment of life--and death--under the Mafia. Battaglia's images have become emblematic of a growing Italian anti-Mafia movement." --Newsday

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HASH(0x9cc6621c) out of 5 stars Staggering Images Nov. 23 2006
By R. J MOSS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With an impending trip to Sicily in sight, a friend lent me this staggering portfolio of Battaglia's images from the streets of her home, Palermo. She cites Joseph Koudelka (the foremost photographer of Gypsies, as far as I'm concerned), and Dianne Arbus, as inspirations for her work. If she hadn't mentioned them herself, I think they would be the names her work brings to mind; the immedicay and warmth of the former, the shock of the American. This is a brilliant selection of photos. I don't think even Sebastian Salgado(the other familiar photographic name she cites)has ventured his camera into territory which incites such awe. Hers is an impossible act to imitate or follow, a consummate emotional achievement with great political clout. Together with a re-read of Peter Robb's, 'Midnight in Sicily', and,'The Leopard', I'm at least intellectually better prepared for the trip than with a tattered copy of my Lonely Planet Guide to the locale. Robb meets Battaglia on p239 of his rigorous exegis and speaks of 'each photo(being) a shock, the accumulative effect devastating. Not taken with art, though with the strengths that art might have envied'. Absolutely!
HASH(0x9dd43774) out of 5 stars Passion , Justice and Freedom indeed June 3 2014
By Gypsychloe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
No need for words for these beautiful, powerful and passionate photos taken by a legendary photographer during the height of the mafia reign in Sicily.
HASH(0x9bfc5ccc) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4 2015
By Catadiana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful book about a fascinating woman.