Luciano D'Alessandro
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The long career of Luciano D'Alessandro (Naples, 1933-2016) is linked to reportage and journalistic investigation. In 1952 he began to produce photographic services for the main national and international newspapers: L’Espresso, Time, Life, Stern, L’Europeo, Corriere della Sera, Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Le Monde, l'Unità, Il Mattino. In 1965 he met psychiatrist Sergio Piro and began photographing in the Materdomini mental institution in Nocera Superiore; in 1969 he published his first fundamental book, Gli Esclusi, subject of numerous controversies. He dedicated most of his reports to Naples and southern Italy: in 1973 he made a dramatic reportage from his city invaded by the cholera epidemic; with Berengo Gardin he worked on two volumes - Dentro le case (1977) and Dentro il lavoro (1979) - on Italy's social, occupational and cultural reality. In 1980 he documented, for Il Mattino, the shocking experience of the earthquake in Irpinia. This will be his last reportage, before devoting himself completely to the production of photographic books and exhibitions between France and Italy.