Italian, b. 1935
Letizia Battaglia, Italian, born in Palermo in 1935, is widely considered as one of the most important women photographers in the world. Her images described, with militant passion, the blood-stained years of the war waged by the mafia in Sicily. Her archive is filled with black and white photographs, characterized by contrasts, that are impressive for their perfection and composition. Battaglia creates images that are far away from the clamor that is so often part of the news, images that are, instead, both silent and solemn. Besides the bodies of the judges and other victims without name that she depicts, she uses her camera lens to continue to tell the stories of her favorite subjects, little girls and young women portrayed as the expression of a possible future.