Photographer captures daily life in Italy

If you want to travel through Italy without the cost, look no further than Anthony Riccio’s black and white photography exhibit, From Italy to America, on display at the Greenwich Historical Society for a special event tomorrow night,  March 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will showcase Mr. Riccio, who will discuss the inspiration for his collection, originally organized by the Bellarmin Museum of Art at Fairfield University.

For the past four decades Mr. Riccio has documented the experience of Italian Americans in Boston’s North End and his native “Little Italy” in New Haven. Inspired by stories about life in Italy from his grandparents, Mr. Riccio studied in Florence for his master’s degree in Renaissance art history as a Florentine Fellow of Syracuse University and traveled extensively, photographing daily life in remote southern villages.

His black and white images capture moments in time both here and abroad that document unforgettable faces, young and old, and a way of life that is fast disappearing.

Mr. Riccio has published three books, Portrait of an Italian-American Neighborhood: The North End of Boston, The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories and Cooking with Chef Silvio: Stories and Authentic Recipes of Campania. He is currently writing the unknown story of Italian American women of Connecticut in a book entitled Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut.

Admission is free but reservations are suggested, space is limited. Call 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or visit Greenwichhistory.org.

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