Feste religiose in Sicilia. Photographs by Ferdinando Scianna. Text by Leonardo Sciascia. Leonardo da Vinci Editrice, Bari, 1965. 222 pp. Octavo (7.75 x 5.25 in./19.5 x 13.5 cm). First edition. Clothbound in illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions. Printed in Italy.
Included in Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. III.
Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna started taking photographs in the 1960s while studying literature, philosophy and art history at the University of Palermo. It was then that he began to photograph the Sicilian people systematically. Feste Religiose in Sicilia (1965) included an essay by the Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia, and it was the first of many collaborations with famous writers.
"A photograph is not created by a photographer," Scianna has said. "What they does is just to open a little window and capture it. The world then writes itself on the film. The act of the photographer is closer to reading than it is to writing. They are the readers of the world."
About Fine; scattered foxing; Near Fine dust jacket with tiny tears to upper edge (less than .25 in./.5 cm); chipping to crown and foot of spine (very slight loss at foot), with a small area of tape reside.