Turned into an exhibition for the first time, the PHOTOANSA photobook is a collection of the most significant images from the year linked to the big news stories in Italy and around the world, taken by the agency’s photographers. Fort Bard hosts a display of over one hundred photos taken from the fifteenth edition of this photobook, the 2019 volume.
Each of the twelve sections corresponds to the issues covered in the book, starting with the European elections that, for the first time, saw a woman, Ursula von der Leyen, as the head of the EU Commission. Followed by photos of Morandi Bridge in Genoa being demolished and those of the immigrant tragedy ongoing at the Mexican-American border.
Then back to Italy, where the end of Conte’s “yellow-green” government and the advent of the new PD-5 Stelle coalition played out from the beaches of the Emilia Romagna Riviera to the political palazzos in Rome. Then, Paris hit by the violent protests of the Gilets Jaunes and the fire that broke out in Notre-Dame cathedral.
But the face that dominates this year is that of Greta Thunberg, who convinced millions of youngsters to get together in squares all over the planet to protest about the tragedy that is the environment. Then comes sport, with Milan-Cortina nominated as the venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics and the Italian women’s football team, despite being eliminated in the quarter finals, enjoying their experience in the World Cup in France as a victory in a sport that has always been seen as exclusively male territory. Also on display are the eGames tournament players and Federica Pellegrini, with her eighth medal in the 200 metres freestyle.