Discovering Milan and three great photographers

Discovering Milan and three great photographers

If you are in Milan, in a few hours you have the opportunity to explore some great expressions of the world of photography, thanks to three exhibitions that can be visited a short distance from each other, united by the very high level of the authors and differentiated by the almost antithetical approach to this art.

Doisneau, non solo baci

Let’s start with the 130 photos by the Frenchman Robert Doisneau, a great exponent of so-called “humanist” photography which marked the post-war period, attempting to give a less dramatic and pessimistic view of life after the catastrophe of the Second World War.

The exhibition, which includes the famous “Kiss in front of the Hotel de Ville”, is exhibited in the Diocesan Museum named after Carlo Maria Martini and is open until mid-October.

While you’re there, take the opportunity to see the rest of the museum, very beautiful and intimate, with works ranging from the Middle Ages to Burri.

And also the fundamental Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio with its important Museum and the Portinari Chapel with the Ark of San Pietro Martire.

The artistic legacy of Helmut Newton

The exhibition hosted at Palazzo Reale until 25 June on the occasion of the hundred years (which due to the pandemic have become 103…) from the birth of Helmut Newton is precisely entitled “Legacy”. The extensive retrospective, for those who miss it in the Lombard capital, will then be in Rome and Venice, and will go abroad at the end of 2024.

Prestigious staging, head-to-head prints, rigorous chronological progression to describe an extraordinarily successful career, particularly in the fashion world, which was revolutionized by his highly innovative approach.

A far-reaching project to save the… lung of the world

Sebastiao Salgado, the almost eighty-year-old Brazilian photographer, received honorary citizenship and held a memorable meeting with the public. The occasion was the inauguration at the Fabbrica del Vapore of “Amazonia”, which unlike “Legacy”, had its debut in Rome last year.

Not a photographic exhibition, albeit as accurate as Newton’s, but a truly ambitious cultural and political project.

The 200 large-format black and white photos are accompanied by a soundtrack by the famous composer Jean-Michel Jarre and describe the forest and its crucial environmental importance on the one hand, and the many different native tribes on the other. who populate it.

Years of patient work behind the photos

Salgado, who dedicates years and years of meticulous work to his projects, discreetly came into contact with each of these tribes, which he then managed to immortalize in his shots.

The result was a great treatise on anthropology and ethnography, almost unrepeatable. For visitors, an immersive experience of great impact, curated by the inseparable wife of the photographer, Lélia Wanick, and open until 19 November.

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