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Fausto Giaccone

Photograph: Rome, May 1968.

Photograph: Rome, February, 1968.

Fausto Giaccone is an Italian photographer and photojournalist whose work focuses on social movements and cultural issues in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He has traveled all around the world for his reporting, and his works have appeared in many collective and solo exhibitions and in numerous magazines worldwide.

The collection consists of photographs, papers, and publications that document the work of Italian photojournalist Fausto Giaccone (1943-), from 1966 to 2013. The material includes Giaccone's reportage of social and cultural aspects of Europe, South America, and the Middle East, with an emphasis on political movements in Italy and Portugal from 1966 to 1986.

The collection is organized into three series: Photographs, 1966-2010; Papers, 1975-2013; Printed material, 1987-2013.

Series I consists of photographic prints, including silver gelatin prints and inkjet prints; contact prints; and slides printed by Giaccone from 1966 to 2013 for various projects, assignments, exhibitions, and publications.

Series II includes textual and digital material compiled by Giaccone for his photographic projects and exhibitions. The largest groups of material document Una storia portoghese [A Portuguese Story] and Macondo: The world of Gabriel García Márquez. Documentation for these publications includes typewritten drafts with manuscript corrections, production dummies, and typewritten transcripts of audio recordings.  Also included are clippings and reviews for Una storia portoghese, as well as exhibition catalogs and publicity material produced for Giaccone's photographic exhibitions.

Series III includes copies of publications represented throughout the collection. Also included is '68 Altrove, a catalog of a solo exhibition chronicling Giaccone's early years as a photojournalist.




Fausto Giaccone Papers


Fausto Giaccone was born in 1943 in San Vincenzo (Tuscany, Italy) and grew up in Palermo (Sicily). He moved to Rome in the mid-1960s, where he studied at the Valle Giulia School of Architecture at the University of Rome. In the early 1980s, he moved to Milan, where he is now living and working.

He started his photographic activity in Rome, documenting public protest against the war in Vietnam as well as the student revolt in Rome in March 1968.  In particular, he covered in depth the event known as "Battle of Valle Giulia." In October of the same year, he published his reportage about Palestinian fedayeen in "Paris Match".

He became well known for his series of photo essays on contemporary events in Italy, and he collaborated with newspapers and magazines such as  "L’Astrolabio," "Mondo Nuovo,"  "Noi Donne," "Rinascita," "Vie Nuove," "Paese Sera," "Unità," and "Il Messaggero."

From 1972 to 1978, he worked as a cameraman for the film Orfeo nove, directed by Tito Schipa Jr. (1972) and for documentaries such as "Le montagne del mondo", directed by Carlo Mauri in South America, “Magia d’Africa”, by Achille Mauri, in Benin (West Africa)

In 1987, he published A Portuguese Story, a book about the aftermath of the Carnation Revolution (1974) in Portugal.

Since 1995, he has been part of the Austrian photo agency Anzenberger, Wien, and his work has appeared in the most important European magazines.

In 2008, he had a solo exhibition: “The battle of Valle Giulia” at The American Academy in Rome, curated by architect John Cary.

In 2013, he published two important books. The first is a portrait of the Venetian lagoon and its inhabitants, Faces of Cavallino Treporti (Florence: EDIFIR, 2012). The second is the photo-book Macondo: The World of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Rome: Postcart, 2013), about Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Fausto Giaccone

Photograph: Una storia portoghese, 1975.

Photograph: Una Macondo: The World of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 2010.

The Battle of Valle Giulia

The Battle of Valle Giulia

Rome 1966-1968: Student movement

The Battle of Valle Giulia

The Battle of Valle Giulia

The Battle of Valle Giulia

The Battle of Valle Giulia

The Battle of Valle Giulia

The Battle of Valle Giulia

Video resources

Macondo. The World of Gabriel García Márquez - Fausto Giaccone

Fausto Giaccone, interview.

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