Passion, Justice, Freedom

Passion, Justice, Freedom

Photographs of Sicily

Book - 1999
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One woman's passionate battle for justice.

Letizia Battaglia's story, her vision of Sicily, and her fight for justice against the Mafia as revealed in this biographical monograph is as stunning as it is heroic. This W. Eugene Smith Award-winning photographer demonstrates photography's power to serve as both a weapon and a voice for the silent majority.

After years of fighting for the life of her troubled city of Palermo-as a photographer, deputy councilwoman, ecological activist, defender of women's rights, and defender of human rights-Battaglia continues the battle with the fierce passion, intelligence, and vision for which she is known.

Letizia Battaglia: Passion, Justice, Freedom juxtaposes iconic pictures of the everyday joy, suffering, and vitality of the Palermitani with images showing the effects of the Mafia predators who have controlled much of the city for so long.

Along with an intimate profile of the photographer by Melissa Harris, Alexander Stille chronicles Battaglia's fight against the Mafia, putting her photographs in the context of Palermo in the 1980s and '90s. Renate Siebert addresses the heretofore unexplored role of women and the Mafia in her essay. Magazine editor Simona Mafei contributes an essay about her work with Battaglia.


Blackwell North Amer
Letizia Battaglia's story, her vision of Sicily, and her fight for justice against the mafia as revealed in this biographical monograph are as stunning as they are heroic. After years of risking her own life to fight for the life of the troubled city of Palermo - as a photographer, publisher, deputy council woman, ecological activist, defender of women's rights, defender of human rights - Battaglia continues the battle with the passion, intelligence, and unique perspective for which she is known. Yet her battle is not motivated by hatred, but rather by compassion and a profound sense of justice.
Letizia Battaglia: Passion, Justice, Freedom - Photographs of Sicily juxtaposes candid pictures of the everyday joy, suffering, and vitality of the Sicilians with images of the effect of the mafia predators who for so long have controlled much of the city's political and economic life. In his inspiring and powerful essay, Roberto Scarpinato addresses Palermo, Battaglia, and life at its most extreme. Palermo's mayor, Leoluca Orlando, has written an intimate letter to Battaglia, expressly for this book, about their work together. Alexander Stille chronicles Battaglia's fight against the mafia, placing her photographs within the context of Sicily in the 1980s and '90s, while Renate Siebert explores the role of women in relation to the mafia. Magazine editor Simona Mafai contributes an essay about her work with Battaglia, and Melissa Harris provides a biographical profile on this extraordinary woman, photographer, and fighter.

Publisher: New York : Aperture, [1999]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780893818050
0893818054
Branch Call Number: 779 BATTA
Characteristics: 139 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Stille, Alexander

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