Stanislao Farri

PRIMA COMUNIONE, 1961

Photographer Stanislao Farri took this image First Communion, near Reggio Emilia in 1961. Farri was born in Bibbiano, (Reggio Emilia) in 1924. Initially photography was only a great passion that earned him numerous awards, as he worked as a professional printer. In 1955 he opened his own photographic studio in Reggio Emilia and from then on he worked as a professional photographer still also doing personal photography with an eye to researching the surrounding area. The photograph First Communion documents the culture of his homeland. Three girls in their first communion dresses walk toward the church at the side of the road wet from a recent storm. The whiteness of the robes stands out sharply within the image, contrasting with the countryside still under heavy clouds. The reflection of the water on the road forms a diagonal that leads our gaze toward the small church where other people are converging. The girls hold up their skirts so that they do not get wet, a gesture that point to alludes to games and nursery rhymes typical of their young age. At the same time, it leads toward a future of wives who will also have to know how to deal with rainy days in their lives.

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