My perfect day
Interview with Southern Italy’s photographer and coordinator for Agence FrancePresse
Neapolitan by birth, Laporta is a photoreporter. He has used his images to depict scenes from major world conflicts working with prestigious agencies including Reuters.
For the last five years he has worked as Southern Italy’s photographer and a
coordinator for Agence FrancePresse
Naples in five snapshots. We asked Mario Laporta, a Neapolitan photo reporter to use five of his photographs to describe the unique treasures of our city and its “Neapolitan” spirit, captured through the lens of a professional. Here are the photos he has chosen for our readers.
GALLERIA UMBERTO I
The most famous Gallery in our city. I chose it because it possesses a style of architecture that I admire profoundly. Outside, it boasts two imposing entrance arches while inside, you will find two streets enhanced by elegant inlaid flooring that intersect under its cupola. It is one of Naples’ most vibrant locations, where you can still enjoy a good cup of coffee at its bars, ogle its shop windows or admire the 18th century paintings of the Church di Santa Brigida. A place that has preserved the spirit of its original role, namely a crossroads between the San Carlo Opera House and the sea overlooking the Spanish Quarter. AROUND SANTA CATERINA DI GIOVANNI RICCA.
Gallerie d’Italia, Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano I absolutely love art, and I enjoy walking around museums. I am often involved in the organization of art exhibitions, even at the Gallerie d’Italia, home to art that I truly appreciate. The exhibition dedicated to Giovanni Ricca’s Santa Caterina is just one example of the beauty that captivates onlookers.
THE STEPS OF SAN FRANCESCO
A splendid walk which leads from the hill of Vomero to via Aniello Falcone and then on to Via Tasso, through Corso Vittorio Emanuele ending up at the sea. Since I am a native of Vomero, this is one of the places that is dearest to my heart, and, after all, all roads in Naples lead to the sea.
VIA DEI TRIBUNALI
I have always considered this part of via dei Tribunali as the perfect image to represent the lights and shadows of our city. The ‘Tribunali’ represent the belly of Naples, its navel. I have always believed that the contradictions and extraordinary beauty of our city could be symbolically encapsulated in this photo.
This photo was taken from my home in via Santa Teresa, the road which leads to Capodimonte. It is the view that I enjoy every day. I chose the photo portraying Vesuvius because here in Naples we are fatalists: it is our beloved volcano that defines our lives, even influencing our mood when we first wake up in the morning. Sometimes all you have to do is look at it to remember who we are.