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The Colors of Italy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2011 by stevemccurry

My exhibition in Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Art opened December 3, 2011 and will run through April 29, 2012.
As part of the exhibition planning I spent several months photographing locations all over Italy.
Here are a few of those pictures.


Venice, Italy 

A man who has not been to Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
 –  Samuel Johnson

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
–  Giuseppe Verdi 



Rome, Italy

Open my heart and you will see,
Graved inside of it, “Italy.”
–  Robert Browning

_SM17552, Sicily, Italy, 04/2011, ITALY-10147

Sicily, Italy 


Gubbio, Italy

For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery—
back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again
after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.
– D.H.Lawrence

ITALY-10079, Venice, Italy, 03/2011

Venice, Italy

Report of fashions in proud Italy,
Whose manners still our tardy-apish nation
Limps after in base imitation.
–  William Shakespeare



Rome, Italy


Perugia, Italy


Venice, Italy


Camino, Italy

In Italy
Derek Walcott
Published in the New Yorker Magazine

Roads shouldered by enclosing walls with narrow
cobbled tracks for streets, those hill towns with their
stamp-sized squares and a sea pinned by the arrow
of a quivering horizon, with names that never wither
for centuries and shadows that are the dial of time. Light
older than wine and a cloud like a tablecloth
spread for lunch under the leaves …
April 21, 2008


Camino, Italy


Sicily, Italy

 MACRO Testaccio Pelanda
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4

December 3, 2011 – April 29, 2012



Venice, Italy

If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country [Italy] its music.
This is the favorite passion of my soul, and fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism .
– Thomas Jefferson


Spoleto, Perugia

Italy is a dream that keeps returning
for the rest of your life.

– Anna Akhmatova


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