Pasquale De Antonis: Abruzzo Spoltore Processione del Venerdi Santo Pasqua. Silver print, 9-1/4 x 11-9/16 in. (235 x 294 mm), 1935/1960c, on original mount. 15679.
On Agfa-Brovira matte paper, with artist's credit stamp on verso. With paper label with details on title, photographer, the photograph, film, lens and camera, which was probably for a salon entry.
Born in Teramo, Italy, on April 4, 1908, Paquale De Antonis moved with his family to Pescara in 1929. In 1933 he began attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, where he went to work at his father's friend's photo studio, then in 1934 he returned to Pescara and opened his own studio.
Together with painter Tommaso Cascella, De Antonis toured the Abruzzo region taking beautiful neorealist pictures. This work got him admitted to the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Centre for Experimental Cinema) in Rome, where he moved in the mid-1930s and in 1939 took over the studio that had belonged to Futurist photographer Arturo Bragaglia.
De Antonis became set photographer for directors such as Luchino Visconti, Giorgio Strehler and Franco Zeffirelli; and took portraits of iconic actors and actresses. He collaborated with Visconti from 1946 until 1965, becoming the most important Italian photographer of cinema and theater (his work was honored at the Venice Biennale).