An extraordinary chronicler of international film stars, writers, artists and nobility in Italy in the 50s and 60s, Paolo di Paolo photographed with delicacy, rigour and skill the country that was being rebuilt from the ashes of the Second World War.
The exhibition ‘PAOLO DI PAOLO. Mondo perduto’ curated by Giovanna Calvenzi and sponsored by Gucci, is dedicated to the photographer and his remarkable story. On show at the Spazio Extra MAXXI from 17th April to 30th June 2019, the exhibition features more than 250 images, many of which are previously unseen, part of an immense archive (250,000 negatives, contact sheets, prints and slides) found by chance by his daughter Silvia in a cellar around 20 years ago. Best known for photographing nobility and international high society frequenting Rome in the 50s and 60s, the show also features a portrait of Italy emerging from poverty and illiteracy in the immediate post-war years; his reportages from Japan, Iran and New York and a section dedicated to Anna Magnani and Pier Paolo Pasolini.