Conservación preventiva de fotografía contemporánea

The Fundación Mapfre will broadcast the conference “Jornada sobre conservación preventiva de fotografía contemporánea y soportes electrónicos”.

The event will take place on 8 and 9 May, starting at 10 o’clock. No reservation required, just connect with pc, Pad or iPhone at

Moving Dangerously – Women and travel 1850-1950

Campo coloniale in Libia
“Africa italiana”, n. 2-3, feb.-mar. 1940


Packing to leave for Newcastle, for an interesting (or so it seems…) conference on women and travel, 1850-1950.

I will analyse some pictures of Italian women in East Africa to reflect on the meaning that the Fascist regime accorded to their travelling and on the representation that it considered suitable for them as “agents of civilization”.

La società dello sguardo – The gazing society

The “Centro interuniversitario di storia culturale” organizes in Padova a very interesting conference “La società dello sguardo. Ricerche sulla storia della visione in età contemporanea. XIX-XX sec.”, “The gazing society. Approaches to the history of vision in the modern period (19th-20th century)”.


The bride’s veil in NY City

In a week from now I will be leaving for this crazy place, with more than 6000 presenters expected. More than 6000…

It is the Annual congress of American Geographers and panels will also include subjects related to Photography. You can browse the online program to find papers or presentations that may interest you.

Archivio fotografico "G. Saracchi", s. 5.29

One of the paper related with photographs, and history, is mine.

The title is “The bride’s veil: dream, fashion, representation and control” and here is the abstract:

For many women, one dress had, and still has, a very special meaning: the wedding dress.

The marriage ceremony builds a very peculiar space, threshold between private and public. The couple stages for the community, that is in a public space, feelings and attitudes usually confined to the private space. Frequently even walking in procession the streets of their hometown.
The bride, in particular, uses her body to show her will to accept her social role as a married female. In this process, dress, along with headdress and make-up, plays a leading role. Through it, the bride embodies a specific image of the wife, and mother, she wants to show her community she will be.
Social and gender expectations, fashion, social and economical situations, but also movies, magazines and even fairy tales, all contribute to create the image of the “ideal bride”. How do women react to this complex of elements, by conforming to or breaking non-written rules? How does this reaction change as times goes by?
Starting from the photographs conserved in Archivio fotografico “Saracchi”(more than 1700 marriages celebrated between 1948 and 1994 in the surroundings of Milan) the paper will analyse changes, and continuity, in the fashion of wedding dress and the meanings attached to it after WWII in Northern Italy. These pictures will be compared with images taken from fashion magazines, illustrated gossip magazines and other media.
The paper will also focus on how this widespread imaginary historically interlaces with social and personal expectations.



Les temps forts. La guerre d’Algérie, images et représentations

A rich program on the representation of Algeria war at Forum des images, Paris, from 24th January to 2nd February: conferences, movies, photo exhibits and much more.

Les temps forts. La guerre d’Algérie, image et représentations.

Travail et création artistique en régime numérique

A few links to Culture visuelle about the recent conference on “Travail et création artistique en régime numérique“, a reflexion on artistic work in the digital era.

Le prix d’un image, by Thierry Dehesdin.

Photographie(s) et numérique(s). Du singulier au plurier, by Sylvain Maresca.

Création en régime numérique, by André Gunthert.


And thanks to all the bloggers of Culturelle visuelle. Merci 🙂