Amc2 Journal Issue 9 – Amore e Piombo: The Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, edited by Federica Chiocchetti and Roger Hargreaves and published by AMC has been shortlisted alongside Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful, edited by Matthew S Witkovsky (Yale University Press) and David Campany’s The Open Road: Photography & the American Road Trip, (Aperture).
The critically acclaimed Brighton Photo Biennial exhibition Amore e Piombo: The Photography of extremes in 1970s Italy curated by Federica Chiocchetti and Roger Hargreaves for AMC showed at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 4 October – 2 November 2014.
The project also features in Photoworks Annual Issue 21: Collaboration
The press photographers of Rome in the 1970s constantly shifted between battling film stars at play and the reality of near civil war unfolding on the streets. Politics and celebrity were brought together through the paparazzi style of alto contrasto, collusion and intrusion.
Forty years on and Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ are still shrouded in mystery. Despite countless attempts to unravel the political confusion of the times, key tragic events, from the Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan in 1969, to Aldo Moro’s 1978 kidnap and assassination by the Red Brigades, remain unresolved.
Instead of offering answers, Amore e Piombo (Love and Lead) presents for scrutiny the press photography of this most turbulent and tangled decade.