The numbers are like Letizia Battagliawho made the fine arts their essence biographycan only inspire the world of cinema, or rather, documentaries.
True to the style of reporting that characterizes the great career of this indomitable woman, Paradise 1 decided to dedicate a prime time tribute to her, at 21:20, Sunday 22 and Monday 23 May. There will indeed be a broadcast miniseries Roberto Ando starring Isabella RagoneseFor Passion Only – Photos by Letizia Battaglia“. This work, which outlines an existence free from patterns and conventions, is a great opportunity to enjoy the light and shadows of a busy life, which, along with the burning themes of the mafia, combines the history of international awards and exhibitions.
However, to fully enjoy this vision, it is important to find out where Letizia Battaglia was born, where her photographs come from and, more generally, her art of living in balance. So, looking at it biographical history and the many successes that characterized him professional activitylet’s understand who was the figure who revolutionized the panorama of Italian photojournalism.
Personal life of Letizia Battaglia
Letizia Battaglia passed away at the age of 87, Cefalu on April 13, 2022. The Italian photojournalist, who suffered from cancer for some time, left her mark with her photographs of Palermo and mafia crimes of the seventies and eighties. These shots went around the world, but the woman behind the lens has an equally deep biography.
His story, colorful and sometimes shocking, begins on March 5, 1935 in Palermo, a city at that time especially fanatical and retrograde, which will tell a lot about its production and leave a deep mark on it.
The first event that characterized his personal life was marriage at a very young age. he got married certainly only 16 years old and had three daughters: Cinzia, Shobha and Patricia Stagnita. Marriage choice was really a dream of autonomy and liberation from the family, it dissolved and wrecked in a relationship heavily disciplined by patriarchal rules, an intolerable context combined with a mother’s role preventing her from continuing her studies.
This dissatisfaction seeps into the couple, and Battaglia’s intellectual curiosity is seen as a threat by her husband. Accused of adultery, she suffers a nervous breakdown and is admitted to a Swiss clinic where she undergoes psychiatric treatment. She then returned to Palermo, where she decides to cope with her ailment through psychoanalysis, but still finding a precarious balance.
Marital misfortune leads to real extramarital affairs and a desire to run away from her husband’s love, which she herself defined as possessive and suffocating. divorceat a time when this practice was still little accepted.
An encounter with a young photographer, Santi, gives her new hope, and a passionate story sets the stage for independence. Together with his three daughters, he drives off the roof of Palermo and finds his own way.
He was 38 years old and only four years earlier (1969) he had started photographing for a newspaper. Time Vittorio Nistico; Thisthe only woman in an all-male editorial world.
Mafia photojournalist, fight and famous footage
His career he took her to Milan for about four years, but in 1974 he returned to his homeland, having founded, together with Franco Zeckin, an important agency on behalf of Photo information.
Here begins his most prolific documentary work: footage of mafia crimes. It documents a massacre during which Cosa Nostra kills policemen, judges and citizens. These black and white photographs are shocking even abroad.
This led her in the 1980s to create an “If laboratory” for photographers and photojournalists of Palermo, and to victory in 1985.Eugene Smithand reward sector that has never before been in the hands of a European woman. First Mother Johnson’s Lifetime Achievement it was then paid to her in 1999.
His best-known shots are those at the Zagarella Hotel, showing Andreotti interacting with members of the clans or killing Judge Terranova, as well as at the funeral of General Dalla Chiesa.
Assassination of Giovanni Falcone however, this marks a turning point; This strikes her so much that she says she no longer wants to take photographs, but rather dedicates herself to a joint outreach and outreach activity.
This event is actually related to the mini-series named after her, since the second part will be aired precisely for the celebration of the Day of Law, which marks 30 years from the day Capaci massacre.
Letizia Battaglia: a symbol of feminist courage
Battaglia was a woman with a double soul: on the one hand, an activist in the fight against the mafia, unknowing feminist with another. The two struggles are parallel but intertwined as Letizia encourages young aspiring photographers to report or, as Maria Pia Ammirati, director of Rai Fiction, said, if one is aware of how both issues face difficult and reluctant change.
Finally, in Battaglia’s work, there is always a desire, the same that moved her in her intimacy, to give space to self-determination and the central role of the female figure. In fact, he takes pictures of her. many faces of little girls, mothers and grandmothers are photographed marked by territorial ideological concepts in which women have historically played a marginal role.