From March 31 to July 24 , the Museum of Santa Giulia in Brescia hosts the exhibition The returned look . A history of photography, one of the main events of the fifth edition of the Brescia Photo Festival, an initiative promoted by the Municipality of Brescia and the Brescia Museums Foundation, in collaboration with Ma.Co.f - Center of Italian photography which this year will focus on the theme of the portrait.
The exhibition offers a long journey through the various variations of the portrait genre, from the early years of the twentieth century to selfies, through the photographs of anonymous authors and great masters such as Steve McCurry, Sebastião Salgado, Ugo Mulas, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Alberto Korda, Edward S. Curtis and many others. The review is one of the main events of the 5th edition of the Brescia Photo Festival.
The exhibition itinerary, divided into eleven sections, opens with the one in which all the shots, whether those of Audrey Hepburn by Gian Paolo Barbieri or of Franco Vaccari's friends at the sea or of the boxer who highlights his strength, see the subject assume positions or attitudes studied and chosen to underline some aspects related to the situation or her personality and continues with the one that focuses on the ethereal and refined representation of women, very popular since the twenties of the last century.
The portrait is the tool to seal the social role of the individual or to celebrate the "paper myths" of the new mass society. Here then are characters such as Marilyn Monroe, Mao Zen Dong, Marlene Dietrich, Ernesto Che Guevara, Sofia Loren and Cary Grant, immortalized by great authors such as Jousuf Karsh, Philippe Halsman, Elisabetta Catalano who, with their careful studies on lights and shadows, bring out the dramatic power of the faces.