This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition Marcello Geppetti: The Years of La Dolce Vita, held at the Estorick Collection in 2014.
In the popular imagination, the notion of la dolce vita corresponds to a specific place and time: the splendour of nocturnal Rome between the end of the 1950s and early 1960s, so vividly captured by the director Federico Fellini in his film of the same name. Indeed, it was that same film that coined the term paparazzo, the name of a character inspired by a number of real-life photojournalists active in Rome. These included Marcello Geppetti, ‘the most undervalued photographer in history’, from whose astonishing archive the exhibition drew.
The catalogue includes a selection of Geppetti’s photographs and an essay from Massimilano Di Liberto on the image of la dolce vita.