On 16 May our Library team attended the opening of a photographic exhibition that sees the participation of 30 Italian and foreign institutions in Rome, including many members of the URBiS Library Network Catalogue.
The exhibition shows more than 300 photographs arranged by theme in alphabetical order: Acque, Bellezza, Cronaca, Danni, Esplorazioni, Feste, Giochi, Habitat, Incontri, Lavoro, Mostre, Nudo, Oltremare, Potere, Quotidianità, Radici, Spettacoli, Trasporti, Urbanistica, Viaggi, Zibaldone. This approach, presenting the photographs according to theme rather than chronology, results in a more evocative and inspiring experience for the public and demonstrates the diversity and richness of the photographic collections across the participant institutions.
The title of the initiative stems from the exhibition’s three distinguishing elements:
- the alphabetical order in which the images are presented (alfabeto)
- the nature of the objects on display – exclusively photographs (fotografico)
- the provenance of the collections, all from public and private institutions in Rome (romano)
We are very proud to have participated in the exhibition by contributing some original photographs from our Photographic Archive: five original albumen prints from the John Henry Parker Collection have been selected for the section Acque, Danni, Potere, Urbanistica and Viaggi, as well as two silver gelatin prints from the John Bryan Ward-Perkins series ‘War Damage’ documenting the destruction of the San Lorenzo basilica during World War II.
The accompanying catalogue includes more than 200 images and a description of each item is provided by the curators of the photographic collections.
We are very grateful to Maria Francesca Bonetti (Istituto Centrale per la Grafica (ICG)) and Clemente Marsicola (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione (ICCD)) for having dedicated their efforts to setting up this highly collaborative project.
On a personal note, I would like to express my gratitude to Beatrice Gelosia, Deputy Librarian, for her invaluable help and support throughout the preparation of both the texts published in the catalogue and the photographic material selected for the event.
Do not miss the opportunity to go and visit this outstanding exhibition, on display until the beginning of July:
Venue: Palazzo Poli, Via Poli, 54 (Fontana di Trevi) – Rome
Date: 17 May-2 July 2017
Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 14.00-19.00
Alessandra Giovenco (Archivist)