Mario De Biasi passes away two days ago, May 27th. He has been one of the most important Italian photographers of the past century.
De Biasi was born in Belluno in 1923, deported in Germany during the second World War, he begins to photograph in Nurnberg in 1944 with an equipment of fortune recovered among the rubble of the city. Returned in Italy, in 1948 he organize the first personal show. In 1953 he enters to belong to editing of Epoca, periodic of covers and innumerable reports from the whole world. The consecration of its activity arrives in 1956 with the service on the popular revolt of Budapest.
In over fifty years he has photographed the principal international events. The most important recognitions for his long career begun from the seventies: among these, the Eric Salomon Colony Presi in 1973, the Saint Vincent prize for the journalism in 1982 and the prize to the career to the Festival of Arles in 1994.
In 1975, 1976, 1977 have belonged to the international jury of the World Press Photo in Amsterdam. He has exposed in the show “The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968” to the Guggenheim Museum in New York and his photo “Gli italiani si voltano” has been used as official manifesto of the exhibition. In 2003 he has been honoured with the title of Teacher of the Italian Photo, maximum honour of the Federation Italian Photographic Associations.
Here we want to present some of the photo of “Un mondo di baci” (A World of Kisses), a collection of kisses shot during De Biasi’s long career: