Eyes Wide Open

Author(s): Mario Calabresi


In the last five years, Mario Calabresi has collected a series of interviews to renowned international photographers. The result of his meetings is this book: an exciting dive into history through the images and the words of great witnesses that have captured and lived some of the most tragic and intense moments of our past. With an engaging prose, able to transmit the strength and the emotions of the protagonists, Calabresi guides the reader in a fascinating journey through time, offering him an incredibly privileged perspective: the eyes of photojournalists who have created the common historical memory. So, here it is Paul Fusco that narrates Bob Kennedys funeral, or Josef Koudelka that describes the first moments of the arrival of the tanks in Prague, or John Morris that is still moved remembering his friend Robert Capa, and then Salgado, Erwitt, McCullin, Webb, Abbas, Pellegrin, Scianna and Basilico. At the end, a chapter about three young photojournalists: Alessio Romenzi, Fabio Bucciarelli and Pietro Masturzo.


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Mario Calabresi, writer and journalist, Editor in chief of the Italian newspaper "La Stampa" since 2009, was born in 1970 in Rome. Graduate in History, he worked as parliamentary reporter for Ansa and at "La Stampa" newsroom in Rome. He was news editor at "Repubblica" and, as contributor from New York, he followed the presidential campaign and the election of Barack Obama. In 2002, together with Francesca Senette and Andrea Galdi, he won the Angelo Rizzoli award for journalism and in 2003 also the one dedicated to Carlo Casalegno. On 18th January 2011 he received the prize "E giornalismo." He published with Mondadori "Spingendo la notte piu in la" (2007), dedicated to the victims of terrorism, which has given birth to a theatrical performance with Luca Zingaretti; with Mondadori he also published "La fortuna non esiste" (2009) and "Cosa tiene accese le stelle" (2001).

General Fields

  • : 9788869655807
  • : Contrasto
  • : Contrasto
  • : March 2015
  • : July 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mario Calabresi
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 770.92
  • : 236
  • : 121 illustrations, 37 in colour