Ferdinando Scianna spent a good deal of time over the 1980s and 90s taking editorial and commercial fashion commissions, as well as documenting fashion shows with much the same approach that he had documented Sicilian daily life. Scianna discovered that when he applied his craft to fashion, his photography did not really change. “It was a different way to do what I did before and would always do afterwards. I do not see any difference between my fashion photography and my work as a reporter,” he said.


I practice a kind of photography of the moment that generates form, and of the form that reveals the moment and perhaps also its meaning

Ferdinando Scianna
© Ferdinando Scianna | Magnum Photos

Ferdinando Scianna started taking photographs in the 1960s while studying literature, philosophy and art history at the University of Palermo. It was then that he began to photograph the Sicilian people systematically.

After moving to Milan in 1966 he worked as a photographer then journalist, writing on politics and on photography and literature. He entered the field of fashion photography in the late 1980s, producing pioneering work that brought fashion into the streets of his home of Sicily.

Scianna has also explored the subject of religious rituals and photographed across Italy, America and beyond, as well as collaborating with famous writers such as Leonardo Sciascia. He joined Magnum Photos in 1982.

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