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Letizia Battaglia: Passion, Justice, Freedom - Photographs of Sicily [Paperback]

Alexander Stille , Renate Siebert
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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; New edition edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893818887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893818883
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 22.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Letizia Battaglia's story, her unique vision if Sicily and her fight for justice against the Mafia are revealed in this stunning monograph are as stunning as they are heroic. This W Eugene Smith Award -winning photographer demonstrates photography's power to serve as both a weapon and a voice for the silent majority. After years of risking her life to fight for the life of the troubled city of Palermo - as a photographer, publisher, deputy council-woman, ecological activist, defender of women's rights, defender of women's rights, defender of human rights - Battaglia continues the battle with the passion, intelligence and unique perspective for which she is known. Yet her battle is not motivated by hatred, but rather by compassion and a profound sense of justice. Battaglia's remarkable strength, fierce inner power, and resilience facilitate her effectiveness. She battles fro freedom: to liberate Palermo from the hold of the mafia, to liberate Sicilian women from the fearful society that has oppressed them.

Letizia Battaglia: Passion, Justice, Freedom - Photographs of Sicily juxtaposes candid pictures of the everyday joy, suffering and vitality of the Sicilians with images of the effect of the mafia predators who for so long have controlled much of the city's political and economic life. In this inspiring and powerful essay, Roberto Scapinato addresses Palermo, Battaglia and life at its most extreme. Palermo's mayor, Leoluca Orlando, has written an intimate letter to Battaglia, expressly for this book, about their work together. Alexander Stille chronicles Battaglia's fight against the mafia, placing her photographs within the context of Sicily in the 1980s and '90s, while Renate Siebert explores the role of women in relation to the mafia. Magazine editor Simona Mafai contributes an essay about her work with Battaglia, and Melissa Harris provides a biographical profile on this extraordinary woman, photographer and fighter. In 1999, Battaglia received the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography Lifetime Achievement Award.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and powerful photographs 12 Nov 2004
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Letizia Battaglia has been photographing life in Palermo for over 20 years - activists, aristocrats, mafiosi. Her photographs are a form of anti-Mafia activism: they are moving documents but also often extremely beautiful. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well designed 1 Jan 2009
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This book is very well designed and uses full-bleed images on all/most pages. The photography is made its most effective with the layout of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering Images 24 Nov 2006
By R. J MOSS - Published on
With an impending trip to Sicily in sight, a friend lent me this staggering portfolio of Battaglia's images from the streets of her home, Palermo. She cites Joseph Koudelka (the foremost photographer of Gypsies, as far as I'm concerned), and Dianne Arbus, as inspirations for her work. If she hadn't mentioned them herself, I think they would be the names her work brings to mind; the immedicay and warmth of the former, the shock of the American. This is a brilliant selection of photos. I don't think even Sebastian Salgado(the other familiar photographic name she cites)has ventured his camera into territory which incites such awe. Hers is an impossible act to imitate or follow, a consummate emotional achievement with great political clout. Together with a re-read of Peter Robb's, 'Midnight in Sicily', and,'The Leopard', I'm at least intellectually better prepared for the trip than with a tattered copy of my Lonely Planet Guide to the locale. Robb meets Battaglia on p239 of his rigorous exegis and speaks of 'each photo(being) a shock, the accumulative effect devastating. Not taken with art, though with the strengths that art might have envied'. Absolutely!
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion , Justice and Freedom indeed 3 Jun 2014
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No need for words for these beautiful, powerful and passionate photos taken by a legendary photographer during the height of the mafia reign in Sicily.
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