• Claude Nori, Rimini 1983
  • On left: Claude Nori, Catania 1998
    On right: Claude Nori, Simona, Rimini 1983
  • Claude Nori, Rimini 1983

Italian Riviera

Never-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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