Scanno: the photographers' town, from Jodice to Cartier-Bresson

Two interwoven stories of the last century: the town of Scanno in Abruzzo and the 20th century photography. Two stories cutting through the life of an ancient and modern territory and the works of great masters, such as Henry Cartier-Bresson, Mario Giacomelli and Mimmo Jodice

Sixty years after the famous shots by Mario Giacomelli, the charming town of Scanno, in central Italy, is still protagonist of a photo feature. The English photo reporter Chris Warde-Jones, working with well-known international newspapers such as The New York Times, will go back to the narrow alleys of this village, in the italian region of Abruzzo, to make an exclusive photographic report to seize its soul once again.

Warde-Jones thus joins the rich list of 20th century photography artists fascinated by this small ancient town, nestled among Aquila’s Apennine Mountains. Over the years, next to Giacomelli, Scanno’s stone and sky scenario has bewitched some great photography masters, such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Hilde Lotz Bauer, Ferdinando Scianna and Gianni Berengo Gardin, and has been recently visited by Mimmo Jodice, prominent figure of Italian cultural and artistic debate.

Over the years, the surreal atmospheres and the ancient yet living traditions of this town have aroused the interest of photography masters trying to catch its real essence. Scanno’s perspectives, faces and life scenes have reached really precious locations and have been included in the exclusive collection of photography works of the Modern Art Museum in New York.



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