Amore e Piombo: The Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy


Published to coincide with the exhibition Amore e Piombo: The Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy at the 2014 Brighton Photo Biennial (which runs from 4 October to 2 November 2014), Issue 9 of Amc2 looks at the tumultuous era of Italy's Years of Lead – a period when bombings, kidnappings and assassinations became the standard currency of Italian politics. The press photographs collated for Amore e Piombo from the archives of Rome-based agency Team Editorial Services reflect the manifold aspects of the period, as the photographers oscillate between pursuing film stars at play and capturing the violence on the streets against a backdrop of industrial unrest and a sexual revolution embracing free love, divorce, abortion, feminism and gay rights. Far from offering answers or uncovering definitive truths, the photographs reveal only tantalising fragments of evidence.

Published by Archive of Modern Conflict, 2014
Softcover, 136pp
210 x 280mm 

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