Palazzo Ducale hosts the first major Italian retrospective of Inge Morath, the first photographer to join the celebrated Magnum Photos photo agency.
Inge Morath's work, first of all, is the testimony of a relationship, a passion, a necessity with photography. A relationship matured over the years through experiences and encounters, as well as an integral part of the life of a woman who managed, with courage and determination, to establish herself in a discipline that was purely male at the time.
During his career he has made photographic reportages in Spain, Italy, the Middle East, America, Russia and China. He never faced these journeys superficially, but seriously, studying the language, traditions and culture of each region where he went. He was able to speak fluent German, English, French, Spanish, Romanian, Russian and Mandarin. Whether it was ordinary people or public figures, his interest was identical and always directed towards the intimacy of each one.
Inge Morath learned a lot from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Ernst Haas and with whom she collaborated in important reportages. His photographic style has its roots in the humanistic ideals resulting from the Second World War, but also in the photography of the "decisive moment", as Cartier-Bresson had defined it. Inge Morath's photographs reflect her sensitivity, but at the same time they are like pages of her private life diary, as she herself writes: “Photography is essentially a personal matter: the search for an inner truth”.
Born in Graz, Austria, in 1923, after studying languages in Berlin, Inge Morath works as a translator and journalist. Friend of the photographer Ernst Haas, she makes texts for her reportages. She is thus invited by Robert Capa to join the Magnum agency as an editor and researcher. He began to photograph in 1951 in London and in 1953 he joined the Magnum agency. Between 1953 and 1954, Morath was also Henri Cartier-Bresson's assistant.
In the following years he traveled to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The series of curious photographic portraits with masks by the designer Saul Steinberg dates back to 1958.
On the set of John Huston 's film “The Misfits” he met Arthur Miller, whom he married in 1962. In 1965 he went to the Soviet Union for the first time. In 1978 he made his first trip to China.
Among his most popular subjects are the portraits of important personalities of the twentieth century such as Henri Moore, Pablo Picasso, André Malraux, Doris Lessing, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Vanderbilt and Fidel Castro. He died in New York on January 30, 2002.