Leonard Freed, The Italians (Io amo l’Italia), exhibition now at Ersel, Torino, until July 31, 2012.

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Leonard Freed, Naples, 1958

Leonard Freed, Naples, 1958

Leonard Freed, The Italians, Quantuck Lane Press, 2011, exhibition now at Ersel, Torino, through July 31, 2012.

The great documentary art photographer’s warm-hearted, but sharply observed takes on Italian life between 1956 and 2005 appear in 190 superb duotone illustrations. With an introductory essay in English and Italian by Berkshire Review/New York Arts editor, Michael Miller.

The selection of images in the book and in the exhibition was made by Freed’s widow, Brigitte and James Mairs, editor at the Quantuck Lane Press. The Italian edition, which is also bilingual and virtually identical, is distributed by the local organizer, Admira.

La mostra Leonard Freed, Io amo l’Italia rimane aperta ad Ersel, Torino, fino a 31 luglio 2012.

Dalle osservazioni generose ma acute della vita italiana da 1956 a 2005 sono inclusi 190 scatti in riproduzioni duotone di ottima qualità. Con un saggio introduttivo in italiano ed inglese di Michael Miller.

La scelta di scatti nel libro e nella mostra è l’opera della vedova del grande fotografo documentario, Brigitte Freed, e di James Mairs, redattore alla Quantuck Lane Press. L’edizione italiana, pure bilingua e quasi identica, è distribuita in Italia dall’ente organizzatore locale, Admira.

The book is available in the US at a discounted price ($60) from The Brill Gallery, Eclipse Mill, North Adams, Massachusetts. Vintage and later prints are also available for purchase. Since the Brill gallery has been promoting the accompanying exhibition, formerly at the Fondazione Le Stelline in Milan as “Io Amo l’Italia” (curated locally by Admira), and now at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere through May 27, 2012, and will continue to do so during its American venues next year, these purchases will aid the continuance of the project.

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About the author

The Editor

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts, an International Journal for the Arts and The Berkshire Review, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L’Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.

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