In what’s shaping up to be one of the most coveted invitations of the holiday week, powerhouse hostesses Katherine Bryan, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jane Holzer, Priscilla Rattazzi and Hilary Geary Ross are joining with New York’s Peggy Siegal to host a private Palm Beach screening of the new film, The Treasures of His Youth: The Photographs of Paolo di Paolo, at The Norton Museum of Art. A conversation with noted Italian-born photographer Priscilla Rattazzi follows the screening and the evening concludes with a private dinner hosted by James Cohen and his wife Lisa Cohen, founder of Galerie magazine.
Produced by Nan Bush and Eva Lindemann-Sanchez, the documentary was directed by Bruce Weber. It tracks the life of now 99-year-old photographer Paolo Di Paolo whose iconic black & white photographs for Il Mondo strikingly capture Italian culture from the 1940’s until the publication closed in the mid 60s. At that point, disgusted with the evolving landscape of European photo journalism, Di Paolo hung up his Leica and switched professions. For the next four decades, he would never mention his former career, even to the woman he would later marry, and kept his trove of negatives stored secretly away in their home.
For a moment in time, Di Paolo’s work defined the Italian zeitgeist. From royalty and film stars to provincial schoolchildren and intellectuals, the images are “sprinkled with la dolce vita,” according to The New York Times. Anna Magnani, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Moravia, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Grace Kelly, along with more socially conscious and compelling imagery of post-war Italy, were among his range of subjects.