Mimmo Jodice’s Naples is a city in black and white, silent, dense and enigmatic. The
colours and din have dissolved before the lens and are no longer part of it.
The Neapolitan photographer’s early work was instead characterized by a markedly
social approach, investigating corners of the city with the eye of a contemporary
ethnologist. The book Vedute di Napoli (1980), from which the print on display is
taken, marked the end of Jodice’s “social period” and the start of a new exploration
of reality in which the human figure gives way to the examination of urban space
and the traces of life it bears. The photographer presents his city, its neighbourhoods
and backstreets in images constituting a visionary interpretation of reality,
a “metaphysics of everyday life”. The Neapolitan repertoire is a documentary of
surrealistic images to be found in day-today life in the crumbling walls, the fleeting
glimpse of a bus or, as in this photo, the ghostly apparition of a car. (Transl. by Paul Metcalfe per Scriptum, Roma)


  • Title: Vedute di Napoli, Opera 29
  • Creator: Mimmo Jodice
  • Date: 1980
  • Physical Dimensions: w100 x h130 cm
  • Provenance: Naples, Mimmo Jodice collection
  • Type: photograph
  • Rights: Foto di Giorgio Benni
  • Medium: lambda print on baryta paper
  • loan: Rome, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

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