(Mecklenbourg 1856 – Taormina 1931)
After studying art in Weimar, Wilhelm von Gloeden, a German baron, traveled across Italy on the traditional Grand Tour. He then moved to Taormina. During his time in Sicily, he learned from Giovanni Crupi the photography technique that he enjoyed more and more, also in a literary attempt “to rebuild” through images possible scenes of ancient Arcadia, set against the Etna and the sea of Ulysses. Starting in 1882 circa, he began to compose his photos helped by “local” actors, often with great eroticism. In 1895, he lost financial support and was forced to transform his passion for photography into an actual profession. He thus created a series of folkloric pictures he could sell to tourists, especially after the Calabria-Messina earthquake in 1908.