© Pierluigi Praturlon / Reporters e associati
© Pierluigi Praturlon / Reporters e associati
© Pierluigi Praturlon / Reporters e associati

PIERLUIGI PRATURLON

Pierluigi Praturlon was born in Rome in 1924. He started his career as a “street photographer” in 1946 and, only a few years later, Pierluigi became the “Prince” of stage photography in Italy working from 1959 to 1987 on  main Cinecittà and Hollywood movie sets. With more than 400 films Pierluigi Praturlon is propably the most prolific among all. He photographed the making of  acclaimed masterpieces in film history: Ben Hur, Cleopatra, La grande guerra, 007 Thunderball, Grand Prix, La Dolce Vita, The pink panther, Matrimonio all’italiana, Amarcord, La Ciociara.  At the time he was the only Italian photographer able to speak fluent English thus he was commissioned many jobs by US production firms which were shooting movies in Europe. Because of this he was able to develop direct relationships with actors and movie directors and working as the official studio portraiteur of movie icons such as Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Anita Ekberg, Raquel Welch, Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, Ursula Andress and many more. Photology published in 2006 his first and only monograph titled Pierluigi. On Cinema (book available for sale), a photographic survey of the cinematographic saga of Italian and American movie industry during the Fifties and the Sixties. Photology has been working with Pierluigi before his death (1999) and included his unique vintage prints (works available for sale) in several group shows such as A Flash of Art (2003) and Paparazzi (2008). Major private and public retrospectives (exhibition still available) organized by Photology toured Italy (Milano 2006, Bologna 2006, Rome 2007, Naples 2008).