Chronorama. Snapshots from the 20th century

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Tue, 03/07/2023 - 12:36

Chronorama. Snapshots from the 20th century

Palazzo Grassi and Chora Media recount the photographs on display at Palazzo Grassi, recently acquired by the Pinault Collection and coming from the Condé Nast archives with a podcast that talks about fashion, styles and icons of the 20th century.

On the occasion of the exhibition 'CHRONORAMA. Photographic Treasures of the 20th century', Chora Media and Palazzo Grassi present the podcast Chronorama. Snapshots from the 20th century, an evocative story between sounds and visions that enriches the visit to the exhibition, but which is also proposed as an editorial product accessible from afar, independently, before or after seeing the exhibition or even to be able to imagine it, and freely on Spreaker, Spotify and Apple Podcast.

Chronorama. Snapshots from the 20th century accompanies the listener on an audio journey in the last century, from the 1910s to the end of the 1970s, through a selection of some of the 400 photographs on display at Palazzo Grassi. The images of famous and less known photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Robert Doisneau, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Diane Arbus, Lionel Kazan and Paul Thompson are just some of those explored in the podcast, involving the listener in a cross-story story, photography, costume and aesthetics.

In addition to the events that have marked this century, the narrative also dwells on the story of some emblematic figures: from the photo of the first woman to have worn men’s clothing, the legendary activist Mary Edwards Walker, up to portraits of some real icons, such as Albert Einstein, Jean Cocteau, Susan Sontag, Federico Fellini or the Beatles just to name a few.

The podcast is written by Ivan Carozzi, journalist, writer and author of TV programs and podcasts that for Palazzo Grassi has already edited A Sort of Tenderness on the artistic work of Marlene Dumas, with the editorial support of Francesca Berardi.

Ep. 1 - The 1910s, 1920s and 1930s - click here to listen

What’s the story behind the woman in pants in a 1911 photo? In the first episode we recount the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s, through portraits, among others, of Doctor Mary Walker, legendary figure of activist, writer and playwright Jean Cocteau and physicist Albert Einstein.

Ep. 2 - The 1940s and 1950s - click here to listen

Have you ever heard of «humanist photography»? And have you ever heard of a picture taken in Cuzco around Christmas 1948? The second episode recounts the 1940s and 1950s of the 20th century through the archives of Condé Nast, ranging between a photo of Robert Doisneau, taken in Paris during the war, the sophisticated style of the 1950s and the innovative and disruptive figure of the photographer Diane Arbus. 

Ep. 3 - The 1960s and 1970s - click here to listen

In addition to being the author of one of the most important essays on photography ever, Susan Sontag is the protagonist together with the son of an eloquent and beautiful photographic portrait. This is where the third and final episode tells the story of the 1960s and 1970s, through the portraits of the couple Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina, a young Arnold Schwarzenegger and a less known figure like the 15-year-old actor Björn Andrésen. The last photo of the podcast is by Irving Penn and is dedicated to a seemingly uninteresting subject: two old and worn cigarette stubbs.