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Fondazione Palazzo Ducale Genova

6 May – 18 July 2021

An intense account of the history, life­style and culture of Italy since WWII is told through the eyes of the photogra­phers of Magnum Photos – the most important photo agency in the world. Starting with a tribute to its three founders (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rob­ert Capa, and David Seymour) and their trips to Italy, the exhibition moves on to a chronological overview of imag­es, through a fascinating intertwining of famous and lesser-known photo­graphs; world-famous places and lo­cal, ordinary people; and protagonists of Italian social, political and cultural events since the aftermath of WWII up to the present. The exhibition starts at the meeting point between the artistic vocation and reportage, typical of the first half of the 20th century, a jour­ney that not only recalls a polyhedric portrait of Italy and of Italian quintes­sence, but also speaks of a fundamen­tal chapter in the history of photogra­phy itself. It is an attempt to – partially – order the Italian memory through small and big events, special or contin­gent moments. It is an attempt to read both the history and the present to try to interpret the complex physiognomy of contemporaneity.

Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos was born in 1947 in New York: there, on MoMA’s ter­race, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert officialised its founding.

From the very beginning, the funda­mental principles of the cooperative agency were the safeguard of copy­right and the respect for creativity. For the first time, negatives remained the property of the photographers, safe from abuses of power by art and news­paper directors.

Photographers found a new freedom to act according to their personal styles and interests and saw their authorship being encouraged. Magnum achieved rapid success thanks to these funda­mental principles, and in a few years, welcomed numerous and important names in the world of photography.

Since its founding, 92 photographers have contributed to the history of Magnum, and today 49 members car­ry on its original values, protecting the rights of photojournalists and guaran­teeing respect and honesty towards its audience.


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2:30-7:30 pm

Friday 2:30-9 pm / Saturday and Sunday 11 am-19 pm

Monday closed. Last admission one hour before closing. 


Full ticket 10€

Reduced ticket 8€

Tickets can be purchased online, at and at the box office at Palazzo Ducale.