Lori Sammartino, la domenica degli italiani (The Italian Sunday), 1961

Dust jacket back and front

Dust jacket back and front

 

An observation of the Sunday rituals and behavior of Italians. A wonderful snapshot of late 1950s and early 1960s life in Italy and proof of the innate Italian ability to celebrate. Lori Sammartino’s somehow cinematic approach genuinely gives the impression of watching a period Italian movie. Sammartino bypasses Neorealism inviting the viewer into a more upbeat and positive version of this era, like a parallel universe. The photographer is obviously familiar with Italian rituals and clichés and boldly embraces them with her camera. Visually and emotionally the book fluctuates between William Klein’s 1959 book ROME and Xavier Misrach’s Barcelona Blanco Y Negro (published in 1964, 3 years after la domenica degli italiani). Printed in deep gravure on very thick paper, somehow lightened by the use of bright red elements, either graphically in the layout, or as an opaque block of colour printed over the images, a technique also used on the dust jacket. It was the cover which grabbed my attention while rummaging through the bargain section of a Parisian bookstore a few years back. I remember thinking how astounding it was that this book published in 1961 had been forgotten and had remained on the shelf for half a century. It was practically a duty to rescue this wonderful photobook treasure.

12 pages Introduction by Ennio Flaiano
1 page gatefold with index

Published by Edizioni “Minerva” – Milano 1961

Hard cover with dust jacket

146 pages including printed front and end papers

App. 22 x 28.6cm

Cover back and front

Cover back and front

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