The years of Romeo Martinez
From December 12th 2013 to February 16th 2014
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art
“Camera” magazine, published since the early 1920s in Switzerland, became an international point of reference for photography during the 1950s and 1960s, thanks to the work of Romeo Martinez (1911-1990), who was its editor from 1953 to 1964.
Its importance and uniqueness depended above all on the support and promotion it accorded European photography during a period in which industry, advertising and fashion were making massive use of images. However, it was significant also for the attention it paid to the scene in Italy, both through the amount of space it dedicated to the question in the magazine, and through the extraordinary possibility of comparing the best of Italian and international production deriving from the “International Photography Biennials” it organised between 1957 and 1965 in Venice.
This phase is reconstructed in the exhibition via the most significant issues of “Camera” and photographic documentation concerning the most important phases of Martinez’ work, with special reference to his presence in the city. Material from his own private archive will also be on display.