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Mario Dondero, Isabella Fair e Giorgio De Chirico, Roma 1960, gelatin silver print, 15 3/4 x 19 5/8". Galleria Ca’ di Fra’.

Mario Dondero

Galleria ca’ di Fra’/Galleria Massimo Minini

Mario Dondero, Isabella Fair e Giorgio De Chirico, Roma 1960, gelatin silver print, 15 3/4 x 19 5/8". Galleria Ca’ di Fra’.

Mario Dondero, born in Milan in 1928, is a press photographer. His simultaneous—but belated—presence in two art galleries says something about the art system and its need to rediscover expressive currents buried in history, given the lack of anything truly new within the contemporary artistic panorama. This nostalgic operation gives us, in Dondero’s case, a protagonist of the image, but it also tells us that at this point there is no longer any boundary between the art world and that of photography, since Dondero proudly states that he is “simply” a press photographer and that his profession is photojournalism; that is, shooting images for newspapers—those papers that, around the mid-1960s, often sought recourse in the strength of the image rather than that of the word. And so his images contain nothing “artistic,” and nothing conceived for the art market, which

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