Item description for Flash Of Art, A by Achille Bonito Oliva & Walter Veltroni...
The setting: Rome, Italy. The era: the 1950s to the 1970s. The subject: everyone who was anyone in the international jet-set. The theme: hedonism, glamour, and paparazzi. It was a time when to be snapped in fashionable Italy, to be a pin-up, and to have a mutually beneficial relationship with the paparazzi were the main objectives for a certain crowd. If today the term "paparazzi" carries with it associations of scandal-mongering, voyeurism, and right-to-privacy issues, A Flash of Art harkens back to the golden age of a once glamorous trade, when things were more black and white, as it were. Photographs by 22 Italian paparazzi, including Tazio Secchiaroli, Lino Nanni, Elio Sorci, Mario Fabbri, and Marcello Geppetti, recall a Felliniesque era. There are a few harbingers of the time to come: pictures of celebrities caught in compromising and/or embarrassing situations. One set of images depicts a riled Anita Ekberg threatening another photographer with a bow and arrow as he tries to catch her arriving home after a night out; another shows Jane Mansfield lying in the street having been accosted by "ballerina" Alma del Rio. But the posed portraits of Hollywood icons Brigitte Bardot and Omar Sharif, the endless shots of gorgeous ladies in sparkly gowns, vamping for the camera, and the dapper men in dark suits and darker glasses are the real showstoppers. Hardcover, 8.25 x 9 in. / 372 pgs / 366 tritones.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.9" Width: 9.4" Height: 1.5" Weight: 4.75 lbs.
Release Date Nov 2, 2004
ISBN 8888359117 ISBN13 9788888359113
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Flash of la dolce vita Jul 10, 2006
It is a visual feast for people interested in celebrity, photography, the glamourous style of the late 50's and 60's, and of course Rome in its heyday (well, after the Empire and the Renaissance.) One can see where all the cliche's of celebrity were set up: photographers hotly in pursuit of "scandal" and celebrity loathing of invasion of privacy but also using the photographers for publicity. I saw this exhibition in Rome in 2004 and the publication is a beautiful recreation of the exhibition.