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MFA in Photography Students Visit MAST Foundation in Bologna

Students in SACI's MFA in Photography program tour two exhibitions at MAST Foundation in Bologna, Italy

For the first field trip of the year, our MFA in Photography students traveled to Bologna with program co-directors Romeo Di Loreto and Jacopo Santini. The group visited the MAST Foundation – an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on art, technology and innovation – and viewed two exhibitions: W. Eugene Smith, Pittsburgh: Portrait of an Industrial City, with over 170 original master prints, and USA’68 “Disordini e Sogni (Disorders and Dreams).

Pittsburgh: Portrait of an Industrial City is the first exhibition in Italy dedicated to American photographer W. Eugene Smith and his monumental body of work realized from 1955 onwards in Pittsburgh for a publication celebrating the bicentennial of its foundation. Fascinated by the City of Steel, its streets and factories, the faces of its workers, and the infinite details and contradictions of its social fabric, Smith painstakingly recorded it all to create a comprehensive portrait of the city. The project never came to an end and only a small number of images were published. 

Curated by Urs Stahel, the exhibition at MAST displays a group of 170 core pictures from this magnificent and painstaking work, providing a portrayal of Pittsburgh but also of America in the 1950s.

USA’68 Disordini e Sogni (Disorders and Dreams) is an exhibition focused on 1968 in the USA through 54 iconic shots by celebrated photo-reporters documenting the major events of the cultural revolution and radical change in public attitudes of this period. The images both retrace the spirit of the time and celebrate the photographic genre of photojournalism, which had a dominant role in triggering this transformation and shaping public attitudes.

Learn more about the MFA in Photography program at SACI.


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