Sognando i corsari. Livorno and the sea in the Alinari Archives - from June 30th to October 8th, 2023 at Museo della Città di Livorno.
Fondazione Alinari per la Fotografia announces the opening of the photographic exhibition "Sognando i corsari. Livorno and the sea in the Alinari Archives", at the Museo della Città di Livorno - Polo Culturale dei Bottini dell'Olio, from 30 June (vernissage at 6.30 PM) to 8 October 2023.
The exhibition, promoted and organized by the Municipality of Livorno, is curated by Fondazione Alinari, with the patronage of the Tuscany Region.
Curator: Rita Scartoni - Fondazione Alinari.
Catalogue published by Sillabe.
On Thursday, 29 June at 12 noon the preview of the exhibition will be presented to the press at the Museo della Città di Livorno, piazza del Luogo Pio.
The link between the city of the 4 Moors and its sea is told through a century (between the 19th and 20th centuries) of photographers and photographs belonging to the Alinari Archives. Starting from the daguerreotype dating from about 1845 and depicting the Dogana D'Acqua, attributed to Aristide Castelli, Livorno welcomes the invention of photography early, in fact already in 1843, just 4 years after the discovery of the daguerreotype, Giuseppe Marzocchini opened right in Livorno the first photographic studio in Tuscany. Photos of bathing establishments and bathers, storm surges, ships launches, divers and other trades related to the sea will flow through this exciting exhibition, in the shots of photographers (or entire dynasties of photographers) from Livorno.
Names of photographers such as Bettini and Miniati will not leave photography enthusiasts indifferent and will surprise visitors who will see their images for the first time with their charm.
The hand-colored slides by the Florentine scientist Giorgio Roster during his stays on the island of Elba in the second half of the 19th century are surprising, just as other amateur photographs of summer holidays in Elba dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.
As for the title, what does it refer to? To an enchanting photo by Michele Vestrini from 1958 which depicts a child from behind, sitting on a parapet of the Mascagni Terrace; in front of him, in the vastness of the open sea, the famous ship "Vespucci" in full sail. Or perhaps, the corsairs?