There are several dynamic photography exhibitions in the country. They plan a lot of exhibitions every year, but don’t always get the visibility they deserve. So here is a guide to some of the best photography museums in Italy that explore the best of international and Italian photography.
Camera – Italian Center For Photography (Turin)
Camera in Turin is one of the most recent photography museums in the country and is on a mission to create a space dedicated solely to photography as a form of documentation, artistic expression and language which stimulates questions and visitors. The whole area is reserved for temporary collections which are dedicated to the famous names of the elite of international photography such as Ai Weiwei, Francesco Jodice and Cartier-Bresson. It is also devoted to intriguing exhibitions with particular themes like the Paparazzi, the Olivetti, etc.
Mufoco – Museum Of Contemporary Photography (Cinisello Balsamo, Milan)
The MUFOCO or Museum of Contemporary Photography was established in the seventeenth-century villa Ghirlanda of Cinisello Balsamo back in 2004. It focuses its activities on contemporary photography. Its archives consist of vast collections of photographs that take the industrial, post-industrial and urban landscape of the province of Milan. It is a very aesthetically pleasing museum with soft Banno Lighting being used to illuminate the images.
Casa Dei Tre Oci (Venice)
The Casa de Tre Oci or the “House of the Three Eyes” is a Venetian building set in the 1900s that since 2012 has become a museum which is entirely devoted to the comparison of contemporary languages. It has very recently hosted several internationally renowned photographers which include David Lacha-skin, Helmut Newton and Werner Bischof.
Alinari Image Museum (Trieste)
A relatively new museum, the Alinari Image Museum was only opened about three years ago. It is located within the Castle of San Giusto, right in the centre of Trieste. This young museum is all set to spread the culture of photography, both in its technical aspects as well as in its multiple languages. Each exhibition in the museum is divided into two parallel paths: a photo gallery with collections of photos on traditional supports, and an educational approach developed through interactive contents and multimedia. In the heart of the museum, you can also find the Alinari Archive, which is an impressive catalogue with over fifty thousand high-resolution images which you can browse through eighty classes and eight thousand keywords.
Macof – Italian Photography Center (Brescia)
Hosting many permanent collections within the walls of the breathtaking Martinengo Colleoni palace, the MACOF in Brescia focuses on Italian photography. The MACOF is both a simple museum as well as a place to acquire information and study & research the history of Italian photography, thanks to the sheer size and importance of its archives.