THIS IS PICASSO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID DOUGLAS DUNCAN
The exhibition, organized by the City of Camaiore and Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, curated by Enrico Stefanelli with the scenography by the architect Alessandra Guidi, is a unique occasion to see the images, photographic prints and contact sheets and an original drawing by Picasso, that David Douglas Duncan donated to the City of Camaiore in September 2014.
The photographs, taken by the American photographer during his long and deep fellowship with Pablo Picasso show an intimate gaze on Picasso’s private life and work.
When Duncan first met Picasso at his home, Villa La Californie, in Cannes, France, the artist was in the bathtub. They forged a friendship, and Duncan returned over the next two decades to take thousands of images of the artist and his family.
After graduating from Southwest High School in Kansas City, Mo., he studied at the University of Arizona and University of Miami and embarked on a career as a freelancer photojournalist. Duncan then “went all through Mexico and started shooting pictures for the fun of it,” as he told me.
As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and combat photographer during World War II, Duncan documented the invasion of Okinawa and the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. He also covered conflicts in Turkey, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa as a photographer for Life magazine, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
In 1967 he received the Robert Capa Gold Medal and in 1971 his work was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York
Villa Le Pianore, Capezzano Pianore, Camaiore (LU)
May 30 – September 13, 2015
Opening hours: 5pm – 11pm
Tickets: 7 €; 5€ (students, uder 18, over 65, groups); free (children under 12)