Gina Lollobrigida has traveled the world with her camera

In parallel with the depiction of places and peoples, he has immortalized a gallery of portraits of celebrities, from Fidel Castro to Paul Newman

Since 1959, Gina Lollobrigida, who died at the age of 95, has associated the cinematographic profession, which has given her universal celebrity, with intense research in the field of photographic art, which is also highly appreciated by audiences all over the world . With her camera, during countless trips and with extraordinary encounters, she has shown her talent in representing the most disparate places, human events, cultural and anthropological contexts.

Passing from the South of the World to the rich and advanced West, from the most remote populations of Asia to the powerful of the Earth, the diva nevertheless revealed an affectionate predilection (but never a slave to ideologies) towards the humanity of the simple, the weak and the afflicted, a predilection that is never concealed and indeed constantly evident in his gaze as an artist. In 1999, due to her commitment to various humanitarian organizations, she was named the first FAO ambassador. She has also been close to Unicef, Unesco, Doctors Without Borders, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the children of Romania.

A tireless traveller, the actress has taken photos all over the world: India, the Philippines, Russia, China, Japan, Africa, Cuba, the United States and of course, with a particular accent and participation, Italy.

Parallel to the depiction of places and peoples, he has immortalized a gallery of portraits of famous personalities from the world of entertainment, politics, art and costume, including Indira Gandhi, Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger, Maria Callas, Liza Minnelli, Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn.

His most famous photographic compositions of children and animals have been collected in the volume “The Wonder of Innocence” (1994), costing the artist more than 14 years of work starting from the seventies and which with irony and originality anticipate compositional techniques that later they will become the prerogative of the computer.

Gina Lollobrigida has published 8 volumes of photographs (in 1973, her volume “Italia mia” received the “Nadar” award as the best photographic book of the year, with more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide) and has directed three art documentaries , one on Fidel Castro in 1974, one on Indira Gandhi in 1976 and one on the Philippines.

In 1980 her photos were exhibited at the Carnavalet Museum in Paris in an exhibition for which she was awarded the Gold Medal of the City of Paris by Jacques Chirac, then mayor of the capital.

After the prestigious international acknowledgments (the Legion d’Honneur received in 1992 by François Mitterrand for her activity as an actress and artist), after the great exhibitions which celebrated the other form of artistic expression to which Gina Lollobrigida dedicated herself, namely the sculpture (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, 2003; Musée de la Monnaie in Paris, 2004), after her participation in the Open 2003 in Venice and the Pietrasanta retrospective in 2008, where she described herself artistically at 360 degrees, presenting for sculptures, drawings and photographs for the first time to the Italian general public, she finally came to present her multifaceted talent as an artist in her beloved adopted city, Rome: in 2009 the Palazzo delle Esposizioni hosted the exhibition “Gina Lollobrigida photographer” curated by by Philippe Daverio.