Explore the Canals of Navigli, Milan

See the waterways through the photography of Paolo Monti

By Fondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Bicycles along Navigli (1950/1960) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Paolo Monti was one of the most important photographers and theorists of 20th century photography. Milan was the city he chose to live in and where most part of his professional career was set. His activity covers different thematic areas and experimental techniques. The Paolo Monti Archive recognized in 2004 by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism as of considerable historical interest, has been acquired by the BEIC Foundation.

Milan. Naviglio Grande with figures (1970/1982) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Bridges over Navigli (1960) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

The Navigli are a system of canals built starting from the 10th century, used for the transport of goods and persons and for irrigation.

Milan. Naviglio Grande in fog (1950/1960) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Naviglio with figures (1970) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Porta Ticinese. Old washtub (1961) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Paolo Monti has left many photos of the city, some significant images show its Navigli not only as an engineering work but also a part of everyday life, a familiar presence for the people living in the surroundings or working on these waterways.

Milan. Navigli. Washtubs (1960) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Naviglio Grande (1950/1960) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Monti left us many glimpses and impressions of Milan and of its waterways.

Milan. Darsena with figures (1960/1971) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Naviglio Grande (1950/1960) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Darsena. Machinery for the extraction of gravel (1960/1970) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

The Navigli were used to transport, among other materials, the marbles used for the construction of the Duomo of Milan.

Milan. Darsena. Naviglio (1967) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Darsena with snow (1960/1970) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

Milan. Naviglio Grande. Boat for transporting sand and gravel (1970/1980) by Paolo MontiFondazione BEIC - Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura

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Exhibition developed by Ambra Carboni, Lisa Longhi, Marcella Medici, Mara Persello, members of the BEIC Digital Library team.

The Paolo Monti Fund is owned by the BEIC Foundation and located in the Civico Archivio. These images are licensed under the CC BY-SA 4.0 international.

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