The Photography of Ferdinando Scianna

The Photography of Ferdinando Scianna

Ferdinando Scianna, the Sicilian photographer, has produced images that span culture and conflict, famine and fashion. I find it so interesting when a photographer can transition his subject (and the intended effect of his picture) so dramatically. Scianna's work proves that, as with life, photography can be source of pleasure or pain, but if you look closely enough, always a source of fascination. Here's a snapshot of his work:

Ferdinando Scianna, Marpessa and Women, Modica, Sicily, 1987 via The Red List

Ferdinando Scianna, Marpessa and Women, Modica, Sicily, 1987 via The Red List

Ferdinando Scianna, Mali, 1993 via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Mali, 1993 via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

"Curiosity is, in itself, a form of adventure: above all an adventure of the mind, and, for a certain type of photography, occasionally a physical one...I’m referring to a [compassionate] curiosity, the type shown by a man who is interested in the life of other men."

Ferdinando Scianna via Times of Sicily 

Ferdinando Scianna, Marpessa and the Sister, via Your Own Guide

Ferdinando Scianna, Marpessa and the Sister, via Your Own Guide

Ferdinando Scianna, Makalle, Ethiopia, 1984 via The Red List

Ferdinando Scianna, Makalle, Ethiopia, 1984 via The Red List

Ferdinando Scianna, The old woman and the girl, Abruzzo, Italy, via Magnum Photos  © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos 

Ferdinando Scianna, The old woman and the girl, Abruzzo, Italy, via Magnum Photos  © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos 

Ferdinando Scianna, Mikhail Baryshnikov in a schooldance, 1993, via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Mikhail Baryshnikov in a schooldance, 1993, via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

"I believe that the Internet and social networks are a symptom of our current cultural and historical predicament.  A private gesture used as a public one changes its very nature.  The family album or one’s own personal diary aren’t the same thing if we make them public.  In the anxious desire for individualisation (sic) and being centre stage, identity, paradoxically, gets lost amongst the multitude, as we relinquish our own individual privacy."

Ferdinando Scianna via Times of Sicily 

Ferdinando Scianna, Monica Belluci, 1991 via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Monica Belluci, 1991 via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Magali Amadei, Egypt, 1992 via Magnum Photos. © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Magali Amadei, Egypt, 1992 via Magnum Photos. © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Monica Belluci, 1991 via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna, Monica Belluci, 1991 via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

Do Scianna's images speak to you? 

 

Feature image Monica Belluci by Ferdinando Scianna, 1991 via Magnum Photos © Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos

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