AIM - Alinari Image Museum
Trieste, from 10 February to 26 May 2019
Bastione Fiorito del Castello di San Giusto
Piazza della Cattedrale 3 Trieste
I MARI DELL’UOMO presents the photographic work of Folco Quilici dedicated to the sea, his faithful companion in his great professional and personal adventures.
This exhibition gives the viewer the chance to discover Folco Quilici’s great work as a Photographer with a wide and varied selection of photos from his personal archive, conserved by Alinari Archives.
Quilici’s photographs, dating to between 1952 and 2008, reveal his perception of the sea and of men as well as his experiences as photographer. His photographic work adds a third element of “interpretation” to the narration and documentary spirit of his first production as film director and writer. The sea is seen through the eye of man in all its aspects, ranging from the great marine landscapes to traditions and rites, villages along the coast, the world in the ocean depths with shipwrecks and underwater archaeology, the work of the fishermen, pirogues and sea-going vessels of all the seas, up to Polynesian children playing with frightening sharks.
Folco Quilici has been a photographer since 1949 and started photographing the sea and its underwater world for the film and book Blue Continent in 1952 on the Red Sea, then continuing in Polynesia and in the Pacific Ocean with The Last Paradise, Tikoyo and his Shark, Oceano, Fratello Mare. Particularly famous is the TV series Civiltà del Mediterraneo (1971-1976), in collaboration with the historian Fernand Braudel, whose book Venezia is illustrated with Quilici’s photographs.
In 1998 the International Photo Contest proclaimed him “Great Master for creative excellence”. From 2003 to 2006 he was President of ICRAM, Central Institute for Applied Marine Research, and was editor of the Institute’s monthly journal “Quaderni Scientifici”. He is one of the founding members of the HDS (Historical Diving Society) and of the environmentalist association Marevivo. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Italian Geographic Society. In 2006, thanks to his films and books, Forbes magazine included Folco Quilici among the one hundred most influential writers in the world in the field of environmental issues.
All the photographs in the exhibit are digitally printed from original photocolors of Folco Quilici entrusted to Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A. S.p.A.