Elisabetta CATALANO 1944-2015

Elisabetta CATALANO was an Italian photographer best known for producing striking black-and-white portraits. Self-taught, Catalano began her career as a contributor to major international publications. In 1971, after working for Vogue in New York and then in Paris, she took an acting role as Anouk Aimee's sister in Federico Fellini's iconic film 8½, where she captured iconic behind-the-scenes photographs. Catalano consequently became an eye witness to an entire generation of celebrities, later moving beyond the world of film, fashion and fame to photograph some of the most important avant-garde artists of the era, including Joseph Beuys, Gilbert and George, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Vettori Pisani, amongst others. She later collaborated with Fabio Mauri, documenting his performances, theatrical installations and projections, and produced a series of works that she regarded as the most important of her artistic creations. Catalano's photographs of Mauri's performances were revisited in 1993, attesting to their significance not only as supplementary material to Mauri's practice but as artworks in their own right.