Born in Sicily in 1935, Letizia Battaglia began her photography career in the early 1970s and started photographing the Sicilian Mafia in 1974, even receiving death threats. As the photography director of L’Ora, Palermo’s left-wing daily newspaper, she or one of her assistants was present at every major crime scene in the city until shortly before the paper folded in 1990. From these assignments, Battaglia and her long-time partner Franco Zecchin produced many of the iconic photographs that have come to represent Sicily and the Mafia throughout the world. She has won numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and the Cornell Capa Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.

Photo Letizia Battaglia © Gianluca Fiore

Letizia Battaglia © Gianluca Fiore
Letizia Battaglia
Sicily, 1935

Current Exhibitions

Letizia Battaglia: Palermo

Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS), São Paulo

27 Apr — 22 Sep
The exhibition, curated by Paolo Falcone, brings together 58 images and a series of publications and videos, among which the documentary film “La mia Battaglia” (2016) by Sicilian filmmaker Franco Maresco. In her practice, started...
20 Mar — 18 Aug
The show, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti, is a large-scale anthological show of the work by Letizia Battaglia (Palermo 1935), one of the most significant protagonists of Italian photography. Spanning her...

Past Exhibitions

The Italy of Photographers. 24 Artists’ Tales

M9 – Museo del ‘900
22/12/2018 — 16/06/2019

Letizia Battaglia

I Granai di Villa Mimbelli - Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori 19/01/2019 — 15/03/2019

Letizia Battaglia: Just for Passion

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
24/11/2016 — 17/04/2017

Through Women’s Eyes – Sguardo di Donna

Casa dei Tre Oci
10/09/2015 — 10/01/2016

Italy Inside Out

Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia 21/03/2015 — 27/09/2015

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Sicily Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1935 Lives in: Palermo, Italy