Actress, photojournalist, artist and politician
2023 01 16
2023 01 16
"I do what I like now. I just don't have time for it all."
Luigia "Gina" Lollobrigida[a] OMRI (4 July 1927 – 16 January 2023) was an Italian actress, photojournalist, artist and politician. She was one of the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, a period in which she was an international sex symbol. She was among the last surviving high-profile international actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.
As her film career slowed, Lollobrigida established a second career as a photojournalist. In the 1970s she achieved a scoop by gaining access to Fidel Castro for an exclusive interview.
Lollobrigida continued as an active supporter of Italian and Italian-American causes, particularly the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). In 2008 she received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's Anniversary Gala. In 2013, she sold her jewellery collection and donated the nearly US$5 million from the sale to benefit stem-cell therapy research. She won the Henrietta Award at the 18th Golden Globe Awards. According to Italian newspapers, Gina Lollobrigida’s estimated net worth at her death was $215 million.
Wikipedia, last update 2023.03.20.
A Look at The Work of Italian Photographer Gina Lollobrigida
In my opinion, it is important for creatives to experience and examine the work and art that has come before us. Everyone has work or photographers they aspire to, but who inspired them? The process and experience of unraveling this trail can lead to rapid artistic growth in my opinion, and the best part is coming across a photographer you never knew existed.
Gina Lollobrigida, born in 1927, was an Italian model, successful actress in the 50s and 60s, and became a talented photojournalist in the 70s. Lollobrigida even photographed quite a few notable figures and celebrities, including gaining access and an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.
In this video, Tatiana Hooper takes a look at Lollobrigida's photo books, as there doesn't seem to be a lot of her work available to view online. This is a shame, and I will definitely be adding her book, Italia Mia, to my list of photography books to buy. A lot of the work featured in the video concentrates on her everyday life in Italy, showing an impressive eye for composition. I really hope someone does a retrospective on her work and her life in general, as I am now fascinated by both of her careers.
This is the fourth video in a series Hooper is doing on photographers from the silver screen. It is an interesting series and so far covers some unusual actors who you might not have realized were also photographers. So far, it includes Leonard Nimoy, Dennis Hopper, and Jeff Bridges. So, make sure to check out her other videos.