Sixty portraits by Saverio Marra Italian/English edition
With a selection of sixty portraits, the book illustrates a portion of Saverio Marra's intense photographic activity in the first half of the twentieth century and dealing primarily with the town where he lived most of his life: San Giovanni in Fiore. For over thirty years Saverio Marra, endowed with a strong personality, documented the socio-cultural life of the people of San Giovanni. This legacy of outstanding value is to be found in the Demologic Museum of economy, work and social history of the Sila region of San Giovanni in Fiore. The photographer has long been working with the portrait in all its forms and stylistic variations, paying particular attention to the psychological and compositional aspects. These portraits show the people of San Giovanni in Fiore as they appeared and as they wished to be seen in their social context. The photographs illustrate various aspects of the life of the town, of its surroundings, a few of the closer centers: the agricultural landscape, the towns themselves, social transformations due to industrialization and modernization, the obsessive and pervasive presence of fascism, festivals, weddings, funerals, work, above all of the people of the working classes often caught in ceremonial or ritual occasions. The book moves through this rustic micro-inventory, the pictures organized in two ideal series, one dedicated to the depiction of the local social conditions and the other to the more restricted family world: a division in a way between the public and the private sphere, allowing the reader to approach the mystery of a photography that reflects restricted local contexts that keeps on appearing in different places often in the far corners of the world.