(Milan 1914 – Rome 2005)
With a degree in architecture, as a young man he fell in love with scriptwriting and cinema. In fact, he is remembered for being one of Italy’s most important filmmakers. In the 1930s, before entering cinema, he was devoted to photography, and starting in 1937 he photographed the streets of Milan, from the city center to the outskirts, using his own “Rollei” camera with 6 x 6 film. These images are poetically realistic and foreshadow his neorealist cinema as opposed to the widespread positivist iconography endorsed by the Fascist regime. Twenty-six of these photographs were published in Occhio Quadrato. Lattuada’s photography work continued, in Occhio Quadrato, until 1948, with pictures aimed at documenting the preparation of his films but also, at the same time, have their own dignity as photographs.