Rivista di studi di fotografia. Journal of Studies in Photography 2021-03-24T16:19:20+00:00 Tiziana Serena Open Journal Systems <p><strong>The Rivista di Studi di Fotografia (RSF)</strong>&nbsp;is the six-monthly scientific peer-reviewed journal put out by the Società Italiana di Studi di Fotografia (SISF). It publishes articles on research and studies into photography, both historical and contemporary; articles on sources and the custodianship of photographs; reviews of books, events and exhibitions of particular importance to the development of study in this field. The scope of the journal is to gather together and promote the most up-to-date research on photography which is taking place both in Italy and abroad, with particular attention to the work of specialists in the field who introduce innovative approaches and share an interest in dialogue with other branches of knowledge.</p> Editoriale 2021-03-24T16:19:20+00:00 Tiziana Serena <p>.</p> 2020-12-14T16:19:01+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Tiziana Serena Fotografie e istituzioni museali: il sistema della doppia copia e l’accumulo dei fondi. Le Regie Gallerie di Firenze, 1860-1906 2021-03-24T16:19:11+00:00 Marta Binazzi <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Beginning in the late 1850s, photographic companies reproducing artworks kept in the Royal Galleries of Florence were required to submit copies of their work to the Ministry of Public Education and the museum’s director. This paper shows that while photographers obeyed the rule, their photographs were stored away and left mostly unused for over two decades before the process of creating a proper collection began in the 1880s. Countering traditional histories of how photographic collections were constituted, this paper analyzes bureaucratic practices of documentation and questions the status of photographs in 19th century museums.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2020-12-14T16:27:04+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Marta Binazzi Il patrimonio fotografico dell’Archivio Storico delle Gallerie Fiorentine: ragioni e provenienza di alcune fotografie dello stabilimento Brogi 2021-03-24T16:19:03+00:00 Chiara Naldi <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This essay considers a selection of painting reproductions made by Brogi in the 1870s, as part of a larger study on the historical archive of the Florentine Galleries held by the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape in Florence. Cross-referencing these photographs with written documents in the same archive and the commercial catalogs published by Brogi between 1863 and 1901, it is possible to determine that they were originally delivered in compliance with legal deposit regulations established by the new Ministry of Public Education in 1867. At the same time, this case study sheds new light on the connections between commercial photographers and art institutions in Italy in the second half of the 19th century, especially regarding the creation of public photographic archives and the role played by Corrado Ricci, the director of the Uffizi Galleries between 1903 and 1906.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2020-12-14T16:27:31+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Chiara Naldi La fotografia nel museo d’arte a fine Ottocento: sovrapposizioni e occasioni per una rinnovata filologia visiva. Alcuni spunti 2021-03-24T16:18:55+00:00 Donata Levi <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The article deals with the effects of photography on the practices of art historians, focusing on some German cases. Photography, defined by Paul de Saint-Victor in 1887 as the “musée en action de l’art européen,” offered unprecedented opportunities for a renewed visual philology. Yet this evolution was more complex and less unidirectional than is generally thought. The illustrated publications of Gustav Scheuer in the 1860s attest to different ways of manipulating photographic images and illuminate the connections between photography and comparative methods, which initially concerned the relationships between original paintings and photographs much more than those among paintings themselves.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2020-12-14T16:29:34+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Donata Levi Conversazione illustrata in Sicilia (1953): una controversia fra Vittorini e Crocenzi 2021-03-24T16:18:47+00:00 Angelo Pietro Desole <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Originally published in 1941, Elio Vittorini’s Conversazione in Sicilia – probably his most important novel – was republished in 1953 with the inclusion of 169 photographs commissioned to Luigi Crocenzi three years earlier. This new publication was followed by a harsh controversy between the writer and the photographer regarding the authorship of the book. This essay recontructs the dispute – a crucial moment in the definition of Italian photographic culture – through the correspondence held in Vittorini’s and Crocenzi’s personal archives and the ensuing comments published in the media.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2020-12-14T16:31:03+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Angelo Pietro Desole Il patrimonio fotografico Alinari: excursus storico e questioni attuali 2021-03-24T16:18:40+00:00 Luigi Tomassini <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Following the purchase by the Regione Toscana (2019), various possibilities arise for the reorganization and cultural destination of the Alinari photographic heritage. The essay outlines a historical excursus intended to illustrate the methods, phases and type of materials with which such an important archival-museum complex has been formed over time, always playing, in different ways, a particularly important role in Italian and international visual culture.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2020-12-14T16:32:15+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Luigi Tomassini “Alle Hilfsmittel an der Hand”: note sulle prime fotografie collezionate da Aby Warburg 2021-03-24T16:18:32+00:00 Katia Mazzucco <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>There is no evidence of a consistent theoretical position of Aby Warburg regarding photography, but his scattered notes on the subject allow for a deductive evaluation. The considerable use of photographs that he made in his work suggests a wide range of methodological approaches, with significant implications for the disciplinary and methodological definition of art history and the development of photographic documentation at the turn of the 20th century. This essay provides examples of Warburg’s early attention to photography, both as a research tool and a required piece of equipment for any research institute.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2020-12-14T16:34:32+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Katia Mazzucco Mostra della Fotografia Italiana 1953. Ambizioni disattese del progetto di Giuseppe Cavalli 2021-03-24T16:18:27+00:00 Lorena Santoro <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This essay proposes a reconstruction of the critical reception of the Mostra della Fotografia Italiana 1953 curated by Giuseppe Cavalli. Through the analysis of the main specialized periodicals, the article highlights the scarce incisiveness of the exhibition on the national photographic scenary, showing it, at the same time, as an event that appears obsolete and that represents the beginning of Cavalli’s decline in Italy.</p> </div> </div> </div> 2020-12-14T16:37:28+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Lorena Santoro Recensione di Pierangelo Cavanna/Francesca Mambelli (a cura di), Un patrimonio da ordinare. I cataloghi a stampa dei fotografi, Bologna, Fondazione Federico Zeri. Università di Bologna, 2019, ISBN 9788894047196 2021-03-24T16:18:21+00:00 Monica Maffioli <p>.</p> 2020-12-14T16:40:29+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Monica Maffioli Recensione di Christina Riggs, Photographing Tutankhamun: Archaeology, Ancient Egypt, and the Archive, London, Bloomsbury, 2019, ISBN 9780857855077 2021-03-24T16:18:17+00:00 Nicoletta Leonardi <p>.</p> 2020-12-14T16:42:38+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Nicoletta Leonardi Recensione di Pierre Schill, Réveiller l’archive d’une guerre coloniale. Photographies et écrits de Gaston Chérau, correspondant de guerre lors du conflit italo-turc pour la Libye (1911-1912), Grâne, Creaphis Éditions, 2018, ISBN 9782354281410 2021-03-24T16:18:13+00:00 Monica Di Barbora <p>.</p> 2020-12-14T16:43:34+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Monica Di Barbora