The little girl with the ball
“This girl hit me right away, she was playing football with two other children. I pushed her gently against the wall and told her “do not laugh”.
The famous photo of the little girl with the ball, taken by Letizia Battaglia in the Palermo La Cala district in the summer of 1980 immediately became one of her most iconic photos. Finally available in a limited edition of 100 high quality prints on 300 grams photographic paper. The work is signed and numbered by the artist and accompanied by an authenticity certificate.
1 of 100 limited edition, silver salt photo, 24,5 x 32,5, signed by Letizia Battaglia
Letizia Battaglia || Award-winning photographer
Letizia Battaglia (Palermo, 1935) is a Sicilian photographer and photojournalist. In 2007 she received the Lifetime Achievement award from the prestigious Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh). Although her photos document a wide spectrum of Sicilian life, she is best known for her work on the Mafia. The NY Times elected her one of the eleven most influential women of 2017, in the article “A Sicilian Photographer of the Mafia and Her Archive of Blood”.
Sicilian blood and Sicilian beauty
Mario Puzo wrote a book, and Coppola made a film about the Mafia, but only Letizia Battaglia told the real story; the plain, harsh story. She told Vice that her mission was “to document everything that acted as testimony against the Mafia.” Over the years, Battaglia took some 600,000 images whilst documenting the ferocious internal war of the Mafia, and its assault on civil society. Battaglia sometimes found herself at the scene of four or five different murders in a single day. In a recent interview with CNN, Battaglia claimed that her “archives are full of blood” interspersed with images that capture the “immense beauty” of Sicily.