Morire di classe (Death of a Class). Edited with text by Franco Basaglia and Franca Basaglia Ongaro. Photographs by Carla Cerati & Gianni Berengo Gardin. Giulio Einaudi Editore, Turin, 1969. 88 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Stiff illustrated wrappers. 62 Black-and-white reproductions.
"A harrowing portrayal of the conditions in an Italian mental asylum, Morire di classe is an updating of polemical photo-documentary books, such as An American Exodus by Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor, in which words and photographs are given equal weight, and the argument carried by both....The asylum is a suitable graphic and dramatic subject for photographers, so one must be wary of bodies of work featuring mental patients. In cases where those photographed do not know or care what is happening to them, there is a fine line between revelation and exploitation, between compassion and prurient excitement. That line is not crossed here."--Parr & Badger.
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