Vito Fiorenza

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Vito Fiorenza (1927—March 23, 2015) was a photographer born in New York.


Fiorenza first visited Sicily in the late 1940s, then in the mid-1950s, Fiorenza and his wife traveled back to Italy; some of these photographs were reproduced in his self-published volume Sicilian Town.[1]

In 1954 he won a Village Camera Club prize and in 1955 three of his Sicilian scenes were included in Edward Steichen’s blockbuster The Family of Man exhibition, one of them, a group portrait of a Sicilian family, was grouped with others in the central display, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) which subsequently toured the world.[2][3][4]

His Sicilian photographs[5] were shown again in 1967 at the Lincoln Center as part of the Virtuosi di Roma-Vivaldi Festival.

Fiorenza died after a short illness on March 23, 2015.


  1. ^ Fiorenza, Vito (2002), Sicilian town, V. Fiorenza, retrieved 8 June 2018
  2. ^ Eric J. Sandeen, Picturing an Exhibition: "The Family of Man" and 1950s America (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995
  3. ^ Hurm, Gerd, 1958-, (editor.); Reitz, Anke, (editor.); Zamir, Shamoon, (editor.) (2018), The family of man revisited : photography in a global age, London I.B.Tauris, ISBN 978-1-78672-297-3
  4. ^ Caruso, Martina (2016), Italian humanist photography from fascism to the Cold War, London Bloomsbury, ISBN 978-1-4742-4693-4
  5. ^ Popular Photography, December 1956, Vol. 39, No. 6