1916 WW1 Spy Mata Hari UPI Press - Original picture from Vintage Photo Collection
The private collection of press photos presented on this website was initially born from a general passion for this ambivalent artistic technique, bringing together increased technical ease and the complex construction of the observer’s gaze.
Having focused on old photographs for many years, we have chosen to dedicate our collection to photojournalism, from its dawn (late 19th Century) up until the 1980s (when colour photographs became the standard) obtaining each piece through a precise process, chosen for its artistic value or its ability to complete and structure the meaning of our collection.
Choosing this theme was natural to us: photojournalism is almost the only witness in the long term of the evolution of photographic techniques; it stands as a strong inspiration for the creativity and permanent questioning of the stylistic approach, while at the same time integrating the journalistic imperative.
Photos from our collection represented here highlight the big cultural melting-pot of the 20th Century, capturing key moments and turning-points in History, but also in science and technology, as well as emblematic people of arts and politics.
We have tried to limit the flow of old photographs as much as possible through rigorous, continuous selection, opting for a restricted amount of annotated, quality shots rather than promoting quantity.
In the end, this collection, containing almost 400 shots, forms as a whole a large illustrated piece on the past century, where History of Art and History complement one another.