About the Italian photographer Letizia BATTAGLIA (1935-2022)
Letizia BATTAGLIA is an Italian photographer and photojournalist. Although her photographic work shows a wide spectrum of Sicilian life, she is best known for her outstanding images of the Mafia. In Milan and began writing as a cultural correspondent for the left-wing daily L'Oralater she returned to Palermo as chief photographer and reporter. From 1974 to 1990 followed a busy life in the service of photojournalism, when the bloodiest mafia wars raged in Palermo for supremacy among the various clans of the Cosa Nostra. During this period she created around 600,000 always accurate B&W photographs, documenting the internal wars of the gangs as well as their penetration and impact on civil society. In 1985 she was awarded the Grant in Humanistic Photography named after W. Eugene Smith. In 2007, she was awarded Germany's highest honor for journalistic photography, the Erich Salomon Prize. Letizia BATTAGLIA passed away from cancer on April 15, 2022.
Photo books by and on the work of Letizia BATTAGLIA
'Passion, Justice, Freedom / Leidenschaft, Gerechtigkeit, Freiheit / Passion Justice Liberté' (1999); 'Dovere Di Cronaca' (2006); 'Sicily / Siciliana' (2006); 'Anthologia / Anthology' (2016); 'Just for Passion' (2017); 'Fotografia Come Scelta Di Vita / Photography As a Life Choice' (2019)