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Franco Zecchin

Lorsqu'il s'installe à Palerme en 1975, Franco Zecchin a 22 ans. Il découvre en même temps la Sicile et le photojournalisme, car jusque-là son parcours passe par une licence de physique nucléaire et une expérience théâtrale. Plongé immédiatement dans la réalité sicilienne par son travail de reporter pour le quotidien "L'Ora" de Palerme, il couvre tous les aspects de l'actualité de l'île: le banal et l'extraordinaire, le vivant et le macabre, le quotidien et l'évènement. Souvent rapporteur des méfaits et des crimes de la mafia, sa réputation internationale se construit un temps uniquement autour de cette image sinistre. Mais Zecchin n'est pas que le photographe du sang et du crime. Bien au contraire. Son tempérament le porte plutôt vers la rêverie et la méditation. Merveilleux observateur des humbles, des gens de peu, de ceux qu'habituellement on ne voit pas, il sait, par sa photographie, leur rendre une présence, une dignité et une humanité intenses. De 1975 à 1994 lorsqu'il quitte Palerme pour Paris, pendant près de vingt ans, il radiographie la Sicile et la vie du peuple sicilien, du match de foot aux fêtes religieuses, et des plages de Mondello aux villages les plus reculés dans la montagne. Depuis Enzo Sellerio dans les années 60, aucun photographe n'avait réalisé de travail de profondeur équivalent. La noblesse de la photographie de Zecchin vient de ce que sa manière de photographier est parfaitement en accord avec ce qu'il photographie. Ses images sont dépouillées, on dirait presque minimalistes, s'il ne s'agissait du reportage, d'hommes et de femmes. Le reste, tout le reste, est une fresque sobre, forte, et belle, d'une île et d'un peuple au coeur de la Méditerranée.
Text by Guy Mandery
Link to Franco Zecchin web site


 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249157

Prizzi, Italy, 1980. Calving

Prizzi (PA), Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1980

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0077423

Ganci, Palm Sunday.

Ganci, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

contact@picturetank except ES (contacto)

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253915

Linguaglossa, Italy, 1985. The Square.

Linguaglossa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024247

Corleone, Italy, 1985. Carnival.

Corleone, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0028887

Palermo, Italy, 1981. Interior in Kalsa square, in the historical center of the town.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 06/07/1981

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023990

Trapani, Italy, 1978. The "Misteri" procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1978

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024227

Capaci, Italy, 1978. The burial of Gaetano Longo, a Christian Democrat mayor killed by the Mafia.

Capaci, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1978

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253897

Palermo, 1982. Interior.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1982

30 x 40

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249181

Castelbuono, Italy, 1981. L'Arruccata de li Ventimiglia.

Castelbuono, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1981

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249189

Palermo, Italy, 1983. Banco di Sicilia.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253884

Palermo, Italy, 1981. Psychiatric hospital courtyard.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1981

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024238

Palermo 1983. Spatola and 73 trial. A defendant making gesture of threat against the photographer.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249183

Palermo, Italy, 1981. Cocktail party in the Palazzo Ganci.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1981

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024294

Palermo, Italy, 1978. The kiss.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1978

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024241

Palermo, Italy, 1983. Psychiatric hospital.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249330

Ustica, Italy, 1986. Interior.

Ustica, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249344

Palermo, Italy, 1987. Our Lady of Sorrow procession.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249165

S. Vito Lo Capo, Italy, 1980. Poor family.

S. Vito Lo Capo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1980

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024010

Caltabellotta, Italy, 1991. The Cross carrier.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1991

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249376

Siracusa, Italy, 1987. Aretusa spring.

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253880

Palermo, Italy, 1980. Carnival.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1980

30 x 40

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024245

Palermo, Italy, 1983. Benedetto Grado's wife and daughters at the scene of his slaying. The family was already mourning his son Antonio. Mafia violence has felled generations of Sicilians, innocents and implicated.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 15/11/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023999

Corleone, Italy, 1987. Crucifixion.

Corleone, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249336

Palermo, Italy, 1987. St. Anna feast.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024242

Palermo 1983. The body of Ignazio Pellerito, who died from an overdose of heroin.

Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023986

Trapani. After the 'Misteri' procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0254030

Siracusa, Italy, 1987. Suburbs.

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

30 x 40

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0026795

Caltabellotta, Italy, 1985.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253918

Bolognetta, Italy, 1986. Carnival.

Bolognetta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

30 x 40

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024000

Trapani, Sicily, 1987. After the "Misteri" procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253889

Castelbuono, Italy, 1981. L'Arruccata de li Ventimiglia.

Castelbuono, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1981

30 x 40

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023987

S. Alfio, Italy, 1985. The blessed Virgin Mary.

S. Alfio, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0026790

Palermo, Italy, 1983.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249377

Siracusa, 1987. Cathedral square

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253901

Monreale, Italy, 1982. Couple on viewpoint.

Monreale, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1982

50x60

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024291

Palermo, 1983. Poor housing in the district of Brancaccio.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 10/10/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024007

Palermo, 1988. Devotion.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024064

Caltabellotta, Italy, 1992. The Virgin met Her Son.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 15/04/1992

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249204

Palermo, Italy, 1985. Men seated on town square.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253920

Palermo, Italy, 1985.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249154

Palermo, Italy, 1979. Interior in Vucciria district.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1979

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249295

San Fratello, Italy, 1986. Family group.

San Fratello, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249374

Siracusa, Italy, 1987. Suburbs.

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024002

Trapani, 1988. After the "Misteri" procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024008

Palermo, Italy, 1988. Brotherhood of Holy Crucifix.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 01/04/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023989

Corleone, Italy, 1986. The Calvary.

Corleone, Sicile, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023996

Prizzi, Italy, 1986. Easter day.

Prizzi, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249372

Siracusa, Italy, 1987. White horse and furnace.

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249193

Palermo, Italy, 1984. S. Rosalia pilgrimage.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0255322

Palermo, Italy, 1988. Mary of Carmelite procession.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0039002

Palermo, Italy, 1985. Asylum.

Palermo, Silily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253881

Mazara del Vallo, Italy, 1980. Sardine festival.

Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1980

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024236

Palermo 1981. Cocktail party in the Palazzo Ganci. On the left is the wife of Prince Vanni Calvello di San Vincenzo, accused by Buscetta, to be a member of the mafia.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1981

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249162

Palermo, Italy, 1980. The "LAPA": a popular family car.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1980

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249400

Caltabellotta, Italy, 1993. Easter sunday

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253902

Catania, Italy, 1982. Boy playing with toy pistol.

Catania, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1982

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024260

Palermo, 1989. The city hall square after a rally against the Mafia.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1989

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249159

Portella della Ginestra, Italy, 1980. The spot of Giuliano bandit massacre.

Portella della Ginestra, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1980

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249191

Enna, Italy, 1984. Carabinieres.

Enna, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249322

Palermo, Italy, 1986. Mother and daugther.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249351

Stromboli, Italy, 1987.

Stromboli, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0254029

Ustica, Italy, 1987. Young shepherd.

Ustica, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249357

Siracusa, Italy, 1987. Artemis's fountain.

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249232

Sciacca, Italy, 1986. Carnival.

Sciacca, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249301

Palermo, Italy, 1986. Father and daugther.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253910

Bagheria, Italy, 1983. Antimafia rally.

Bagheria, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249194

Corleone, Italy, 1985. Carnival.

Corleone, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249215

Catania, Italy, 1985.

Catania, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024282

Palermo, Italy, 1980. After an explosion in the Borgo quarter.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1980

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0254031

Siracusa, Italy, 1987. Suburbs.

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024251

Palermo, 1985. Downtown.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024248

Corleone, 1985. Town citizens in sunday.

Corleone, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/0000

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249396

Trapani, Italy, 1993. Holy friday

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1993

30x40

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253894

Comiso, Italy, 1981.

Comiso, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1981

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249255

Mezzojuso, Italy, 1986. Carnival.

Mezzojuso, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249296

Pollina, Italy, 1986. Interior.

Pollina, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249297

Pollina, Italy, 1986.

Pollina, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253919

Caccamo, Italy, 1987.

Caccamo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249379

Caltanissetta, Italy, 1988. Appeared pig.

Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249382

Prizzi , Italy, 1988.

Prizzi, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249188

Prizzi, Italy, 1983. Priests.

Prizzi, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249308

Monreale, Italy, 1986. Street scene.

Monreale, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249190

Comiso, 1983. Garrison of the NATO base.

Comiso, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249315

Palermo, Italy, 1987. Carnival.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253908

Palermo, Italy, 1983. Shipyard strike.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249378

San Cataldo, Italy, 1988. Easter day.

San Cataldo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253921

Palermo, Italy, 1987. Mondello beach.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249316

Palermo, Italy, 1987. City council.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249222

Palermo, Italy, 1986. New Year's Day.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253913

Trapani, Italy, 1984. The "Misteri" procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253900

Palermo, Italy, 1982. Aftermatch Italy-Brasil 3-2.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1982

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249186

Palermo, Italy, 1982. Arturo Cassina knight of St. Sepulchre.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1982

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253917

Sciacca, Italy, 1986. Carnival.

Sciacca, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0249386

Palermo, Italy, 1988. The walls of the Palazzo Reale.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0064602

Siracusa, Italy, 1987. Street soccer.

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0253916

Caltabellotta, Italy, 1985. Greetings.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0229244

Palermo, 1982. The Pope in Sicily.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1982

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335967

Gibellina, Italy, Casa del Farmacista (1980-88). Arch. Franco Purini and Laura Thermes.

Gibellina, Sicily, Italy - 07/03/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335970

Palermo, 1984. Waiting man.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 12/03/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335969

Palermo, 1983. Girl with dogs.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 21/03/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335968

Palermo, 1983. Cocktail party.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 21/03/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335978

Trapani, brotherhood.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 31/03/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335974

Palma di Montechiaro, 1986.

Palma di Montechiaro, Sicily, Italy - 24/03/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335964

Palermo,1981. Theatre in a tennis court.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 30/03/1981

40x50

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0335962

Palermo, 1980. Carnival boy.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 03/03/1980



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