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The Eye of Photography

Photographs of American voyage by Mario Carnicelli

Rediscovered after 50 years and published in a book by Reel Art Press for the first time, American Voyage is a captivating portrait of 1960s America from Italian photographer Mario Carnicelli. Featuring around 100 black-and-white and color images, the collection takes in the people, fashion, colors and textures of American street life in the sixties, capturing the mood and undercurrent of this ever-changing country.

In 1966, Mario Carnicelli won first place in a national Italian photography competition sponsored by Popular Photography magazine, Mamiya and Pentax. On submitting an image of a demonstration in his hometown of Pistoia, Tuscany, Carnicelli won a scholarship to photograph America. He travelled to the United States during the 1960s, and this beautiful book documents his trips across the United States and time spent in cities including Detroit, San Francisco, Buffalo, New York and Chicago.

Approaching the country as a European observer, Carnicelli captured with an optimistic look the essence of the American experience, its complexity, its specific people. He was fascinated by the country’s multiculturalism, fashion, individuality, freedom and pursuit of happiness underpinned by a pervasive loneliness and rootlessness he observed in people separated from family and kin. Mario Carnicelli’s pictures offer a fresh perspective of American life in the 1960s.

25 Jun, 2018 Editorial