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Rivista di studi di fotografia. Journal of Studies in Photography
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ISSN (Print) 2421-6429 - ISSN (Online) 2421-6941
Published by Firenze University Press Homepage  [41 journals]
  • Editoriale

    • Authors: Tiziana Serena
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Un cammino accidentato: fonti documentali, fotografie e scrittura nella
           pratica della Public History

    • Authors: Adolfo Mignemi
      Abstract: Public History relies on complex textual forms, in which photographs, movies, sounds, oral memories and, in small part, writing, interact with one another. Common standards of presentation for such diverse sources have not yet been defined. Furthermore, the practice of Public History often generates texts in which photographs are reproduced without any critical analysis of their internal evidence and contextual information, such as their archival history. This essay discusses some of the methodological issues and of the technical tools related to the use of photographs in Public History.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Public History e diffusione sociale della storia: la fotografia come fonte

    • Authors: Manfredi Scanagatta
      Abstract: Public History seeks to provide a method for researching and disseminating history, while at the same time engaging with different types of public. Public historians study documentary sources and languages in order to penetrate society, to contribute to the creation of a critical thinking to counter an uncritical relativism increasingly present in new and ‘old’ media. Photography is both a source an element of very powerful communication. For this reason, it is necessary that the historian is able to exploit all the possibilities that this instrument allows.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Public History, antropologia, fotografia. Immagini e uso pubblico della

    • Authors: Francesco Faeta
      Abstract: This article offers some brief, introductory observations on Public History from the perspective of an anthropologist specializing in the study of images and representations. These remarks are preceded by a quick analysis of the critical background that must support otherwise naive or simplistic interpretations of Public History. Based on these premises, photography is discussed with reference to communities shaping local memory through the act of recording images which can be found in family albums, relevant collections, the archives of local photographers, thematic repositories or general collections “the way we were”.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Public History e fotografia: una sfida complessa

    • Authors: Giovanni Fiorentino
      Abstract: Public History is generated by interactions with the public, while photography implies a relationship with the gaze of the other. This similarity raises important methodological questions for the public historian, regarding the indexical and the narrative aspects of the medium. This essay offers a meditation on the status of photography as a primary source in the current digital turn. In the first part, taking the perspective of visual culture, I propose the notion of critical iconology as a basic instrument for the public historian. In the second part, I refer to Walter Benjamin’s radical thinking to discuss the notion of visual montage as a tool of conceptual narration and deconstruction. In the final section I discuss the experience of the Società Italiana per lo Studio della Fotografia (SISF), whose models, methods, and practices can be seen in dialogue to Public History’s goal and strategies.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Tradizione e modernità: la doppia anima della Società
           Fotografica Italiana (1889-1915)

    • Authors: Francesca Strobino
      Abstract: This paper focuses on the history of the Italian Photographic Society (SFI), during the first decade of the 1900. The study of this Society, struggled between tradition and modernity, brought up several issues concerning the reflection about the remarkable role of reviews in the development of Italian photography. Conscious of the necessity to create a beautiful and modern journal, the SFI tried to renovate the structure of its “Bullettino della Società Fotografica Italiana” taking contacts with the typographer Raffaello Bertieri and its magazine “Il Risorgimento Grafico”. Through the study of the “Bullettino”, completed with documents found at the Archivio della SFI in Florence, it has been possible to investigate the reasons which led to this unsuccessful change and the collapse of this society. 
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Dal museo alla scuola. I giovani riscoprono la storia dei loro quartieri
           nelle fotografie di Rodrigo Pais

    • Authors: Glenda Furini, Francesco Sirleto
      Abstract: Between January and June 2017, a high school in the suburbs of Rome hosted the exhibition Living in Rome in the Suburbs. Photographs by Rodrigo Pais. Students had an active role in its organization and were in charge of guided tours. Another significant educational aspect was that many of them were either children or grandchildren of people who had lived in the Roman suburbs Pais had recorded between the 1950s and the 1990s, or had direct connections with local residents who had been active in the struggles for housing rights during the same period.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Corpi di reato. Un’archeologia visiva dei fenomeni mafiosi
           nell’Italia contemporanea

    • Authors: Tommaso Bonaventura, Alessandro Imbriaco, Fabio Severo
      Abstract: For a long time the mafia has been perceived as a scattered, multiform, almost invisible entity. After the 1990s and the height of a sweep of bloodshed, organized crime in Italy slowly changed its appearance and began to blend in with the political and economic fabric of the country. Corpi di reato proposes to contrast this dispersion and restore a tangible sightline of the mafia by retracing the marks it left around the country. It also aims to show the void, the emptiness, that these criminal acts provoked.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Recensione di Maria Francesca Bonetti / Clemente Marsicola (a cura di),
           Alfabeto fotografico romano. Collezioni e archivi fotografici di
           istituzioni culturali in Roma, Roma, ICCD, 2017

    • Authors: Sauro Lusini
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Recensione di Marco Antonetto / Dario Reteuna (a cura di), Il
           pittorialismo italiano e l’opera fotografica di Peretti Griva, Cinisello
           Balsamo (Milano), Silvana Editoriale, 2017

    • Authors: Maria Francesca Bonetti
      Abstract: Recensione di Marco Antonetto / Dario Reteuna (a cura di), Il pittorialismo italiano e l’opera fotografica di Peretti Griva, Cinisello Balsamo, Silvana Editoriale, 2017
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Recensione di Clément Chéroux (a cura di), Walker Evans, Paris,
           Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2017

    • Authors: Antonello Frongia
      Issue No: Vol. 3
  • Recensione di Roberta Valtorta / Renate Siebenhaar (a cura di), Pietro
           Donzelli. Terra senz’ombra. Il Delta del Po negli anni Cinquanta,
           Cinisello Balsamo (Milano), Silvana Editoriale, 2017

    • Authors: Margherita Naim
      Abstract: Recensione di Roberta Valtorta / Renate Siebenhaar (a cura di), Pietro Donzelli. Terra senz’ombra. Il Delta del Po negli anni Cinquanta, Cinisello Balsamo, Silvana Editoriale, 2017
      Issue No: Vol. 3
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