Paolo Di Paolo: the man who shot the glamour – and grit – of postwar Italy

Dec 19, 2022 316

BY: Edward Helmore

Glamour, with its qualities of mystery, realism and discretion, is notoriously difficult to define, but the photographs of 97-year-old Paolo Di Paolo provide definitive visual clues. For 14 years through the 50s and 60s, he photographed post-war Italy as it was, an agrarian society racing toward industrialisation.
Di Paolo’s reportage, of luminous movie stars, writers, directors of Italian cinema, agricultural and factory workers, and the poor – all in the spirit of empathetic curiosity – sometimes found their way into Il Mondo, a renowned 12-page political-intellectual weekly magazine, that counted Thomas Mann and George Orwell as contributors.

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