Scanno by Mario Giacomelli and Henri Cartier-Bresson

Mario Giacomelli
Mario Giacomelli

Mario Giacomelli

Mario Giacomelli

Mario Giacomelli
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson

I have wanted to visit Scanno in the Italian mountains of Abruzzo since the first time I discovered the photos of Henri Cartier-Bresson in the fifites with their magical composition and the extraordinary clothing of the women and men. A couple of years later the poetic photos of Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli stopped me in my tracks and bingo they were taking in the 60’s in the same town. I always asked myself how Mario Giacomelli was lucky enough to find a bunch of dancing priests in the snow! The photos go down as some of the most innovative photos taken during the 60’s in Italy with their high contrast black and white more a graphic than a photo. On Monday I am finally leaving for Scanno. I am sure life has moved on but I hope to find a little of the magic that these two great photographers found in this tiny mountain village in Abruzzo.

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15 Responses to Scanno by Mario Giacomelli and Henri Cartier-Bresson

  1. J Santa Fe says:

    Those dancing priest are pure JOY!
    Have a lovely trip to Scanno ( can’t wait to see your photos).

  2. Tres Belle says:

    I am wondering too where he was able to find dancing priests in the snow? All are wonderful photos. I especially love the last one of the children.
    Have a great trip, Carla and I look forward to seeing the photos when you return.


  3. Simone says:

    Oh my… simply stunning.

  4. parisapartment says:

    All of these photos seem surreal! I always wonder how these photographers you’ve been featuring lately were able to capture such momentous moments in time. Guess it was their destiny. Lucky for you it seems to be yours too! I can’t wait to see the wonderful, magical Scanno that awaits you, Carla! Have a fantastic time!

  5. Kelli says:

    Wonderfully inspiring photos. I have always been a lover of black and whites and these take it to the next level. Enjoy your time in Scanno, I am sure you will find a little slice of photography heaven there! Can’t wait to see YOUR images :)

  6. Johanna says:

    you inspire!

  7. essenceanddesire says:

    I like a lot these photos in black and white, especially from Mario Giacomelli, simple and beautiful.
    Carla, have a lovely trip to Scanno.

  8. A Thousand Clapping Hands says:

    I am SOOOO excited for you and know that you must be excited too.
    Have a safe trip. Hope it’s magic.

  9. My Castle in Spain says:

    oh…priests can dance too…love it !
    Bon voyage e buon natale !

    (and can’t wait to see your photos of Italy)

  10. Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries says:

    Loving your world of photography Carla…I learn so much from it!!! Enjoy your trip, Dzintra

  11. Callie Grayson says:

    what lovely images! i wish you the best trip to capture all the magical moments you can find in the lovely town of Scanno!


  12. hello gorgeous says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos!

  13. Michelle says:

    Hi Carla, Thank you for your lovely comment. I am touched that something I say that is so personal can resonate with others. It’s the first hot day of summer in Perth, and I am dreaming of far off places. I went Christmas shopping earlier and came home with one present, a pre-Christmas gift just for me. Yes, I just bought your beautiful book. I am putting it aside to read later when I have some quiet time to truly savour the words and images. I did, however, have a little peek in the car, and I have to tell you I got a kick out of reading the words ‘forty-something brain.’ I love reading about the adventures of grownup creative women.


  14. stoneisnotstone says:

    The dancing priests are happiness, please continue such beautiful images as these..
    Im just curious are on the fashion spot??

  15. Primrose says:

    Incredible photos. They remind me of a Bergman film x

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