FORMA Foundation for Photography


FORMA and its Foundation are born from an initiative of Contrasto which, created in 1986 to provide a new reference point for documentary photography, has become the leading publisher in this field, the most important Italian photo-agency and a dynamic cultural producer.


New York Lights by Saul Leiter

Presented by Forma in collaboration with Howard Greenberg Gallery of New York, this exhibit features an extraordinary, original collection of both black and white and color photographs, abstract and figurative paintings, as well as a splendid series of painted polaroids.

Saul Leiter was born in 1923 in Pittsburgh and began his studies at the theological college of Cleveland. At the age of twenty-three, he set off to New York to become a painter. His first black and white photographs were exhibited at the MoMA. In the late fifties, his fashion photography appeared in Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. Over the next twenty years, Leiter continued to work in fashion. He lives, paints, and photographs in New York.


Zingari di Josef Koudelka


365 D. Trecentosessantacinque giorni da donna


MAGNUM. La scelta della foto

This exhibit presents forty of the most important “contact sheets” by great artists of Magnum Photos, along with their respective final images. The selected contact sheets, shown with notes by the artists themselves, tell us stories, reveal details, and retrace important events from contemporary history, while at the same time documenting not only the creation of singular images, but of the human stories they evoke.


La sofferenza della luce. Alex Webb

This exhibit collects thirty years of reportage. Early in his career, Webb shots in black and white but soon he realizes that colour is the most suitable language for him. In Magnum since 1976, Webb sees himself not as a photojournalist, but as a street photographer.