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Viag­gio tra le mo­stre fo­to­gra­fi­che dell’estate, sul fil rou­ge del mondo dell’in­fan­zia. Tra ar­te e re­por­ta­ge A trip amid­st this sum­mer’ s pho - to­gra­phy ex­hi­bi­ts fo­cu­sing on the world of chil­dren. Art and re­por­ta­ge

VOGUE Bambini - - IN THIS ISSUE - by So­fia Mat­tio­li

So­no tap­pe di un viag­gio per im­ma­gi­ni, mo­sai­ci sul­la map­pa geo­gra­fi­ca. Gli itinerari vi­si­vi da per­cor­re­re que­sta estate pas­sa­no at­tra­ver­so uni­ver­si po­po­la­ti da gio­chi e fia­be, trac­ce su pel­li­co­la di ma­gia e quo­ti­dia­ni­tà. Si par­te da Be­th­nal Green, a Lon­dra, do­ve, al V&A Mu­seum of Chil­d­hood, van­no in sce­na gli uni­ver­si oni­ri­ci del­la fo­to­gra­fa Sonya Hurtado: fa­vo­le in full co­lour tra cap­puc­cet­ti rossi con­tro­ven­to, ba­by esplo­ra­to­ri ven­ti­mi­la le­ghe sot­to i ma­ri e pif­fe­rai ma­gi­ci co­me ar­lec­chi­ni in b/w alle pre­se con om­bre e scac­chi. Vi­sio­ni ur­ba­ne, so­no, in­ve­ce, quel­le ru­ba­te da una “nan­ny” fuo­ri dall’or­di­na­rio tra i Cin­quan­ta e i Ses­san­ta, og­gi tra le più no­te street pho­to­gra­phers. Si trat­ta di Vi­vian Ma­ier in mo­stra in Spagna, alla Fun­da­ción Ca­nal Isa­bel II di Ma­drid e alla Fun­da­ción Foto Co­lec­ta­nia di Bar­cel­lo­na. Nei suoi scat­ti non è raro im­bat­ter­si in T-shirt a ri­ghe in mi­nia­tu­ra, scar­pet­te, cap­pot­ti­ni ab­bot­to­na­ti che si muo­vo­no per le stra­de di Chi­ca­go con la na­tu­ra­lez­za di chi ha po­chi an­ni e non sa di es­se­re par­te di un la­vo­ro pre­zio­sis­si­mo. Pro­se­guen­do ideal­men­te il tour, ec­co i ri­trat­ti ete­rei co­me pen­nel­la­te fir­ma­ti da Da­niel Ochoa de Ol­za, fo­to­gra­fo vin­ci­to­re del se­con­do pre­mio World Press Pho­to 2016 nel­la se­zio­ne ‘Peo­ple’ e ora par­te dell’espo­si­zio­ne iti­ne­ran­te che toc­ca qua­ran­ta­cin­que pae­si. I puzz­le cro­ma­ti­ci qui si chia­ma­no ta­bleaux fio­ri­ti e cu­sto­di­sco­no i vol­ti di bam­bi­ne, im­mor­ta­la­te du­ran­te la fe­sta ‘Las Ma­yas’. Se, è ve­ro, in­fi­ne, che i li­bri so­no viag­gi se­den­ta­ri, i sen­tie­ri tra una pa­gi­na e l’al­tra del vo­lu­me ap­pe­na usci­to ‘Fa­mi­ly Pho­to­gra­phy Now’ (Tha­mes & Hud­son) so­no ot­ti­mi da per­cor­re­re con lo sguar­do. Per vi­si­ta­re luo­ghi ame­ni do­ve i fi­gli del fo­to­gra­fo Alain La­boi­le vi­vo­no a tu per tu con la na­tu­ra o os­ser­va­re fa­mi­ly por­trai­ts in­tri­si di iro­nia. Aspet­tan­do la pros­si­ma par­ten­za.

They are stops on a jour­ney th­rou­gh ima­ges: mo­saics on a map. The vi­sual iti­ne­ra­ries to fol­low this sum­mer pass th­rou­gh worlds po­pu­la­ted by ga­mes and fairy ta­les, lea­ving tra­ces of magic and or­di­na­ry eve­ry­day li­fe on film. It be­gins in Be­th­nal Green in Lon­don whe­re the V&A Mu­seum of Chil­d­hood pre­sen­ts the drea­my worlds of pho­to­gra­pher Sonya Hurtado: co­lor­ful fairy ta­les wi­th Lit­tle Red Ri­ding Hoods stan­ding in the wind, ba­by ex­plo­rers from twen­ty thou­sand lea­gues un­der the sea, and pied pi­pers li­ke har­le­quins in black and whi­te grap­pling wi­th um­brel­las and chess pie­ces. Glimp­ses of ur­ban li­fe are cap­tu­red by Vi­vian Ma­ier, who was an ex­traor­di­na­ry nan­ny in the Fif­ties and Six­ties and is now one of the mo­st fa­mous street pho­to­gra­phers. Her ex­hi­bit is sho­wing at the Fun­da­ción Ca­nal Isa­bel II in Ma­drid and Fun­da­ción Foto Co­lec­ta­nia in Bar­ce­lo­na. Vi­vian’s pic­tu­res of­ten por­tray small chil­dren dressed in striped T-shirts, ba­by shoes and but­to­ned coa­ts, wal­king along the stree­ts of Chi­ca­go wi­th the na­tu­ral­ness of so­meo­ne qui­te young. Ideal­ly con­ti­nuing on this tour, he­re are the ethe­real pain­ting-li­ke por­trai­ts of Da­niel Ochoa de Ol­za, the pho­to­gra­pher who won se­cond pri­ze in the ‘Peo­ple’ ca­te­go­ry of the World Press Pho­to 2016 awards and is now part of a tra­ve­ling show that will be seen in for­ty-fi­ve coun­tries. The chro­ma­tic puzz­les cal­led flo­ral ta­bleaux fea­tu­re the fa­ces of young girls im­mor­ta­li­zed du­ring the ‘Las Ma­yas’ fe­sti­val. And fi­nal­ly, whi­le books are se­den­ta­ry voya­ges, the pa­ths win­ding bet­ween the pa­ges of the new book ‘Fa­mi­ly Pho­to­gra­phy Now’ (Tha­mes & Hud­son) are ex­cel­lent for let­ting your eyes wan­der, vi­si­ting the lovely pla­ces whe­re Alain La­boi­le’s chil­dren li­ve in con­tact wi­th na­tu­re or ob­ser­ving fa­mi­ly por­trai­ts full of iro­ny whi­le wai­ting for the next de­par­tu­re.

‘FL AU­TI­STA DI HAMELIN’ E ‘RED RI­DING HOOD’ DI SONYA HURTADO (COURTESY OF THE AR­TI­ST) SO­NO ESPO­STI ALL A MOSTR A ‘ TA L E S: PHO­TO­GRA­PHY BY SONYA HURTADO’ AL V&A MU­SEUM OF CHIL­D­HOOD DI LONDR A (DAL 2 3 / 7 ALL’8 / 1/ 2 017).

SCAT TI DAL LI­BRO ‘ FA­MI­LY PHO­TO­GRA­PHY NOW’ (THA­MES & HUD­SON). DALL’AL­TO. ALAIN LA­BOI­LE, PAT POPE ‘ THE SKINNY FA­MI­LY’ (COUR T ESY OF T HE A R T IS T S).

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