© Lino Nanni
© Tazio Secchiaroli - David Secchiaroli
© Elio Sorci - David Secchiaroli

A FLASH OF ART

A Flash of Art is a group exhibition featuring a rare selection of vintage prints illustrating the original chases, brawls, betrayals and scandals of la Dolce Vita, a time when photographers such as Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti, Pierluigi Praturlon, Velio Cioni, Lino Nanni, Elio Sorci, would direct their shameless cameras at international jet-set stars, such as Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Aristotele Onassis, Omar Sharif, Anita Ekberg, Gina Lollobrigida, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and many more. The exhibition is made of more than 300 original vintage prints originally coming from about 30 photographers’ archives or their estates. The show A Flash of Art- Action Photography in Rome 1952-1972 (exhibition still available), is curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and features other critical apparatus such as original audio interviews with the photographers, a video project realized in collaboration with Istituto Luce and Cinecittà and video installations within the exhibitions space by Alessandro Amaducci. Photology has been travelling this show for the first time in 2003 at the Moscow House of Photography and in 2004 at Palazzo Venezia in Rome. The catalogue A Flash Of Art. Action Photography in Rome, 1952-1972 (book available for sale), published in 2004, contains extensive texts by Bonito Oliva and Davide Faccioli.