Legendary Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia has died aged 87

Legendary Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia has died aged 87. Image: Twitter

Legendary Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia has died aged 87.

The photojournalist “shot” the Italian mafia.

LEGENDARY Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia, famous for ‘shooting’ the Italian Mafia, has died in Palermo, Italy, at the age of 87, according to reports on Wednesday April 13. Tributes poured in after the news.

According to palermo.repubblica.itBattaglia had had been ill for some time but died late in the evening today, April 13.

The outlet described her as “irreverent, iconic and deliberately divisive”, noting that she marked the history of photography, but especially in Palermo.

Known as the “mafia photographer”, she managed to snatch close-ups from bosses and make arrests iconic. However, his most famous, or most notable photo in his hometown of Palermo, is of the young girl holding a soccer ball under her arm, which, as noted by the Italian website, accurately depicts the city ​​of those years.

Battaglia began his career in 1969 at the Italian newspaper The Ora of Palermo. She then moved to Milan and, with the photographer Franco Zecchin, created an agency that documents current events.

Famously, she was the first to photograph the scene where Italian politician Piersanti Mattarella was killed by the mafia on January 6, 1980. In this photo, a young Sergio Mattarellathe current president of Italy, is seen trying to get his brother out of the car.

As noted, she was famous for following the Mafia and documenting their “crimes”.

Battaglia once said of his mafia photos: “They chased me everywhere. Even my colleagues did not consider me, they despised me. But my photos are still there, those of others are not.

Tributes flooded social media after news broke of his death.

“Dear Letizia, you are going through a bad period in our history. You had a wonderful life. We will miss you, we will remember you,” one person wrote.

Another said: “With the death of Letizia Battaglia, we lose an extraordinary woman. Truly exceptional. A symbol of Italian art and a great fighter. Rest in peace.”

Bad news has just fallen. Unfortunately, Letizia Battaglia has passed away. We #chilhavisters met her because through transmission she met the girl in this photo after many years. May the earth be light to him,” wrote another.

Another person on Twitter said: “Add #LetiziaBattaglia! Sicily today lost a very important artist, feminist, photographer and intellectual. She photographed the most remarkable moments of the mafia wars in Palermo and enormously depicted the cultural life of the Sicilians. We will miss you! Rest in power!”


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