Italian, 1935 - 2022
Letizia Battaglia, Italian (Palermo 1935 – 2022), is widely considered as one of the most important women photographers in the history of photography. Her images described, with militant passion, the blood-stained years of the war waged by the mafia in Sicily. Her photographs, mainly in black and white, are characterized by contrasts, that are impressive for their perfection and composition. Battaglia created images that were far away from the clamor that was so often part of the news, images that were and still are, instead, both silent and solemn. Besides the bodies of the judges and other victims without name that she depicted, she used her camera lens to tell the stories of her favorite subjects, little girls and young women portrayed as the expression of a possible future.