Portrait of Rosaria Schifani
“Photographing was involvement, osmosis, partisanship, it was an exchange of energy, feelings, gestures, in an overwhelming way, full of humanity understanding and respect”
This is Franco Zecchin about his work with Letizia Battaglia. Finally available in a limited edition of 100 high quality prints, one of the most famous photos of the Sicilian photographer: the portrait of Rosaria Schifani, widow of Vito Schifani, the bodyguard killed together with Judge Giovanni Falcone, Francesca Morvillo and three of his colleagues . The work is signed and numbered by the artist and accompanied by an authenticity certificate.
1/100 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.