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The Children of Rome | Photographs by Jeffrey Blankfort



The Children of Rome | Photographs by Jeffrey Blankfort

In January 1966, San Francisco-based photojournalist Jeffrey Blankfort arrived in Rome on the first of his many trips to Italy, where he stayed for six months, learning the language, enjoying the food and the city's remarkable beauty but most of all its people and, in particular, its children. Blankfort later said, "For the first two weeks, I walked through the streets of the city, leaving my camera behind, wanting to first see and become acquainted with the city without the intrusion of a camera lens. One of the first things I noticed was the way Romans cared for children, not just their own but everyone else’s. Seeing them walking through the streets of Rome or in the parks by themselves or with friends, it appeared that passing adults were never a threatening presence but more like uncles or aunts or surrogate parents there to help them if necessary." This exhibit was first shown at the Focus Gallery on Union Street in 1967.

Following his return from Italy, Blankfort began photographing the emerging political struggles of the time, among them the protests against the war in Vietnam and the Black Panthers. His photographs have been published in TIME, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, Ramparts, San Francisco Chronicle and major publications in Europe, including L'Espresso and Panorama.

Artist Reception & Talk - Wednesday, May 10 - 6:30pm

RSVP Opening Night with Reception

Join us as Jeff Blankfort will engage in a conversation with Franco Folini.

Franco Folini is an Italian entrepreneur with many interests--among them programming, photography, botany, and riding his motorcycle. Franco has been living in the Bay Area for over 15 years enjoying all aspects of the local life and culture. He is particularly passionate about social and environmental issues, the drive for innovation, and the love of nature and wildlife. Franco is the founder of Italia Geeks, a growing group of Italians trying to combine the best of both worlds, Californian technology and Italian lifestyle.

On View: May 11 - June 9 




Date: Da Wednesday, May 10, 2017 a Friday, June 09, 2017

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco