Nino Migliori's best photograph: a gravity-defying Italian diver

By Interview by Angela Giuffrida

‘A paper asked its readers if anyone recognised the boys in my photo. Many people claimed to be relatives, hoping to make some money'

Italy went through a rebirth after the second world war. It really was the most beautiful time, especially for a boy who had spent the war years in hiding – from the bombardment of Bologna but also because I was afraid of being captured by the Germans.

I took this in Rimini in 1951. Back then, it was a popular seaside destination for people from Bologna, since it was affordable and easy to get to. My parents had taken me a lot when I was a boy, because the sea air helped my asthma. But by then I was 25 and rarely went to the beach any more.

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