Frank Cancian
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(1934-2020) Photographer by passion, anthropologist by profession, he arrives in Italy, in Lacedonia (AV), in 1957, after having won a Fullbright scholarship as an anthropology student. It is in the town of Irpinia that in seven months he immortalizes the society of the time, the habits and customs of a significant historical period: the second post-war period in the inland towns of southern Italy. In his films, the 1801 shots represent stories of ordinary everyday life, of which Cancian seeks the "exotic", the particular in normal situations. Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Irvine, California, he has studied the Californian, Mexican and Italian communities, of which Lacedonia is the emblem.