Italian RivieraNever-ending Summer by Claude Nori
“The Italian women looked like divinities that stepped
straight out of the canvases, museums or movies”.
|Every summer in the 1960’s, we would load our luggage in my father’s blue Simca Elysée and drive to the Adriatic’s Italian beaches and sometimes the Mediterranean ones. […] I remember in particular the Lido de Pomposa, a Lido similar to many other ones, built quickly with its small buildings in the classic style of the ‘60s with a campsite, a supermarket and an open-air disco. These small towns didn’t have much to offer for tourists but I have experienced many happy days between the beach, our apartment and the souvenir shops. […] The Italian women looked like divinities that stepped straight out of the canvases, museums or movies only to make life the happiest place on earth while they were parading down a stage at the local election of Miss.||[…] In 1973, settled in Paris, I made the decision to become a professional photographer to earn a living and I succeeded somehow, thanks to small jobs from advertising agencies and magazines. Like many young people from the ’68 generation, I wanted above all to express myself and after advancing in my profession, I realized that photography was a part of this social change that we wanted. […] The camera was a wonderful instrument of seduction; it fostered meetings and allowed me to invent this photographic flirt which was the subject of several of my books.
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