May is the Month of Photography in Rome! 10 Exhibits for an Alternative Day

May is the Month of Photography in Rome! 10 Exhibits for an Alternative Day

fotografarelebelleartiTired of museums, archaeological findings, churches and monuments? Want to spend a day doing something else?

Here’s our proposal. A photo tour of Rome!

Rome has a very interesting array of photography exhibitions in May. You just have to pick your favorite ones and enjoy an off-the-beaten track visit of the Eternal City.

We selected 10 for you but there are many more. We simply couldn’t list them all….


First in our top-ten is the World Press Photo that every year in May is hosted by the Museo di Roma in Trastevere which even in the other months of the year is your safe destination when you feel like seeing some nice pictures. You will see the winning images of this year’s edition of the most important photo-journalism contest. From sport to world poverty, from wars to worldwide social issues. Through May 26.


If the World Press Photo exhibition is now a well-established tradition in Rome, our second choice is actually a one-off event in a totally new venue, AuditoriumExpo at Rome’s Music Auditorium. Life is dedicated to the US weekly magazine that most contributed to the development of photography in the last century. On display 150 of the most important pictures of the 20th century published by Life. Through August 4.


Helmut Newton’s pictures will be on show in Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni through July 21. White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes includes 200 images from the first three legendary volumes published by Helmut Newton.


Genesis, the photography project of Sebastiao Salgado, will be hosted from May 15 through September 15 at Ara Pacis. Spanning 5 continents, the 200 black and white images of the world’s most important documentary photographer, will show you the beauty of our planet from a new perspective.


Since Rome is the world capital of art and archaeology we think the photo exhibit at the ICCD on Fine Arts is well worth a visit to see how this kind of photography evolved between 1860 and 1970. Free of charge. Through June 28.


Bouncing to some more current stuff, Rome’s top contemporary art museum, MAXXI, features a much-acclaimed exhibit of the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri. A visionary artist and one of the undisputed masters of Italian photography, Ghirri loved conceptual pictures. Thinking Images will run through October 27. More than 300 images on show.


Very current are also the shots by Guido Gazzilli who focused on telling the feelings and the sentiments of Catholic believers, especially young ones, in Rome between Benedict XVI’s resignation – February 11 – and the election of the new pope. Free of charge. Through May 20.


A photo-trip through Italian recent history is offered by Federico Garolla. His 100 photo-journalism shots span from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, a period of great transformations for Italy. Through June 23. Free of charge.


Finally 2 picks that will make you travel with your eyes. The first is at the Trajan’s Markets. T.R.I.P, Travel routes in photography, with images by Simon Norfolk, Elaine Ling, Giancarlo Ceraudo and Cristina De Middel will give you new inspirations for your actual and fantasy travels. Through September 8.

Izmir, hosted by the Turkish Tourism Office, is a small photo exhibit that will shed new light on a Turkish town with a millenary history and a lot to see and enjoy. Free of charge. Through June 7.