Letizia Battaglia – Palermo

New York – International Center of Photography ICP – Cornell Capa – Infinity Award Winner 2009

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– Orlando consegna a Letizia Battaglia medaglia della città 05.Mar.2015

“Una ragazza…” 2015                – The Invincibles  February 2015        

Open Eye Gallery 22 Feb – 4 May 2014           – Premio Ilaria Alpi 2012.                      

– Letizia Battaglia di Giovanna Calvenzi          – Mafia – das globale Verbrechen

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Past winners of the top awards have included Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, Marc Riboud, André Kertész, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berenice Abbott, Richard Avedon, Harold Evans, Bernd and Hilda Becher, Alexander Liberman, Gordon Parks, Helen Levitt, Lee Friedlander, William Klein,Susan Meiselas, Roy de Carava, Malick Sidibé, Karl Lagerfeld, and Diane Keaton.

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Showed me where to find the sweetest lemons in Cefalù – Photograph ©Arturo Patten

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Letizia Battaglia was born in Palermo, Sicily. Beginning in 1974, she worked for the newspaper L’ORA in Palermo until it closed in 1990. During that time she took some 600,000 photographs, many of which documented the activities of the Sicilian Mafia and its assault on civil society. She used her photographs to become one of the first to publicly denounce the activities of the Mafia. Battaglia also became involved in women’s and environmental issues and prisoner’s rights, causes to which she continues to dedicate herself to this day. From 1985 to 1997 she had a seat on the Palermo City Council for the Green Party, during which time she helped to revive the city’s historic center. For a time Battaglia ran a publishing house, Edizioni della Battaglia, and she co-founded a monthly journal for women, Mezzocielo. In 1985 she recieved the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and in 1999 the Photography Lifetime Achievement Award of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography. In 2007, she was honored with the Erich Salomon-Preis, a lifetime achievement award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh) and the most prestigious prize in Germany.”

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