(Lucera 1904 – Senigallia 1961)
A lawyer, man of letters, main commentator of Benedetto Croce, admirer of music and gastronomy, occasional auto racer, Cavalli represents a key figure on the Italian cultural scene at the time. In the history of photography he is remembered as the founder of two important groups: “La Bussola,” begun in 1947, and “Misa” in Senigallia, established in 1953. Cavalli’s work is characterized by a personal idea of poetics, both lyrical and categorical at the same time, according to which the subject portrayed counts very little, while the composition and grays and whites are of great importance. His merit is having inaugurated a new national debate on photography, necessary in the difficult time of reconstruction, following the years of Fascism and the war.