From mafia murders to innocent beauty: Letizia Battaglia’s Palermo portfolio

By Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

Celebrated Italian photojournalist reveals how the death of a 10-year-old boy influenced her work

Letizia Battaglia, Italy’s most famous female photojournalist, has developed all of her rolls of film but one. Shot in 1987, the photos show the corpse of a 10-year-old boy, Claudio, who had been killed by the mafia in Palermo.

It was a time of war. The Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra, was leaving bullet-ridden bodies in the streets and assassinating prosecutors with car bombs. Battaglia photographed hundreds of corpses, building a bloody archive in black and white that showed Sicily’s worst face to the world.

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