Franco Zecchin


preface by Roberto Andò

2023, Softcover
Bilingual: Italian/English
12x17 cm, 88 pages
ISBN: 9788831363488

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«The images composing this volume retrace private and public moments shared with Letizia Battaglia from the 70s to the beginning of the 90s: theatre, music, the activities of the psychiatric hospital, friends, festivals, contemporary artistic creation. While maintaining our own personalities, we trained in photography together and through it its outlook and approach to reality, complementary but not identical.[...]
In this moment, in which Letizia is no longer with us, but her public presence endures and her image is used often in ways that do not reflect who she was, this volume wants to pay homage to her as a person, with her weaknesses, contradictions, her will power and ideals.» — Franco Zecchin


«Selecting in his archive the photographs that portray Letizia, Franco Zecchin recalls a woman who meant a great deal in his life, an outstanding photographer who with him was the witness of a terrible era, offering a moving, delicate and intimate vision. [...]
It is a kind of diary but also the portrait in movement of a special woman who turned every instant of her existence into a novel.» — Roberto Andò

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Franco Zecchin
(Milan, 1953) He moved to Palermo in 1975, where he became a professional photographer, working on the Mafia, political corruption and social conditions in Sicily. In 1977, with Letizia Battaglia, he created a Cultural Centre for Photography and, in 1980, he was among the founders of the Documentation Center against the Mafia G. Impastato. He has make theater and films in the psychiatric hospital in Palermo. In 1988 he became a nominee member of Magnum agency. The engaged work made in Sicily between 1975 and 1993 is recognized internationally. Between 1990 and 1995 he lead a photographic research on nomadism and the use of environmental resources working on dozen societies in different parts of the world. Today he lives and works in Marseille, where he continues to explore, through photography, the relationship between appropriation of land and social practices. Awarded by the International Award of Journalism (1988, Trento, Italy) and by the Humanity photo Award (2000, Beijing, China), he has published several books. Among others, Continente Sicilia (Postcart, 2019 and Contrejour, 2019), Chroniques Siciliennes, (with L. Battaglia, CNP 1989, Actes Sud, 2000), Nomades (Editions de la Martiniére, 1998), Dovere di Cronaca - The duty to report (with L. Battaglia, Peliti Associati, 2006). His pictures are in the collection of The Rochester International Museum of Photography, in the MOMA of New York, USA, and in the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, France.


Philippe Trétiack, Bastille Magazine, 01/06/2023
Douleur en noir et blanc

Tiziana Ricci, Radio Popolare, 11/05/2023
Letizia - Intervista a Franco Zecchin

Rosy Santella, Internazionale, 07/04/2023
Cambiare l’immutabile

Luna Protasoni, Discorsi Fotografici Magazine, 06/04/2023
Letizia. La fotografa ancora vive attraverso le parole e le immagini di Franco Zecchin

Michele Smargiassi, La Repubblica, 05/04/2023
La nostra Letizia Battaglia: dolce, folle e rivoluzionaria

Francesca Orsi, Fotocult, 05/04/2023
Franco Zecchin. Un’altra Letizia

Redazione, Libera Informazione, 03/04/2023

Renata Ferri, IO Donna, 31/03/2023
Come eravamo: Letizia Battaglia e Franco Zecchin

redazione, ANTIMAFIADuemila, 14/03/2023