For a photo book in the style of Robert Frank's »The Americans« the Moroccan-born Frenchman Bruno Barbey photographed in Italy from 1961 to 1964. He sought the local spirit above all in the everyday life of those who were not granted a »Dolce Vita«. The public space offered him a wealth of scenes, which he captured without regard to blurring, partial underexposure or an unifying concept.
The children warming themselves at a temporary fireplace in the streets of Naples thus convey a convincing liveliness. Their interested glances at the camera also show that Barbey's approach as a street photographer based more on interacting contact than on the role of an »invisible observer«.
Vintage Gelatin silver print
Image dimensions 23,7 x 17 cm (23,7 x 17 inch)
Single weight paper, semi-matte surface
Photographer's copyright stamp and handwritten notations in pencil on the reverse
Philippe Daudy (ed.), Naples. Photographies de Bruno Barbey, Lausanne 1964, p. 151.
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