A Lens on the Real Italy
Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2018
By William Meyers
Enrica Viganò, an independent curator, spent nine years searching through the archives of individual photographers to assemble the 174 prints in “NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960.” There are no institutions in Italy that, like the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz., hold the archives of important photographers, so Ms. Viganò sought out her subjects one by one. In fact, the point of the exhibition is to establish photography as a significant art form in a country where it has never ranked with painting, literature, music or, more recently, film. “NeoRealismo” was first displayed in Milan, then several other cities in Italy, then elsewhere in Europe (Madrid; Zurich; Rotterdam, Netherlands), and is now making its one appearance in the U.S. at the Grey Art Gallery.