Nick Parrino

1943. Volti e luoghi della Sicilia liberata

Le fotografie di Nick Parrino

OELLE Foundation presents from 9 July, in its PHIL STERN Pavilion at Le Ciminiere in Catania, the photographic exhibition "1943. Faces and places of liberated Sicily" photographs by Nick Parrino curated by Ezio Costanzo. The exhibition contains 80 images of Nick Parrino, an Italian-American photographer following the US army during the Second World War, who in September 1943 immortalized some moments of the daily life of the people of Sicily after the armistice of September 3.

The exhibition is included in the exhibition itinerary of the Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943 in Catania

The Exhibition

In the photos of Parrino, enlisted in the OWI, the Office of War Information, or the government agency for information and propaganda campaigns, there is the Sicily freed of the following days of Operation Husky and the smiling faces of the population that resumes to live by rebuilding their existence. In the shots emerges the intent of the OWI photographer to portray, sometimes in an idyllic way, the recovery of social and economic life both in large cities, such as Palermo, Catania, Agrigento, Messina, Syracuse, and in small provincial and in the countryside. People are careful to put together the pieces of their existence and, in this rural and popular Sicily, everyone lends a hand to everyone, supported by the US soldiers themselves. And here are the farmers on Etna, the fishermen, the workers who work the stone to rebuild the streets, the moments of relaxation and cultural animation organized by Amgot, the master craftsmen, the places of history and art that have always had enchanted the world. Nick Parrino's images do not show the battles, but the serene mood of many Sicilians who, once again in the course of their centuries-old history, have been able to overcome with a spirit of sacrifice the defeat of a war, experienced as always as a fatal calamity.

«Only a part of the photos taken by Parrino in Sicily during the war, preserved in the Library of Congress in Washington, are exhibited in the exhibition. They are images in which the instant freezes history, giving us back the great value of documentary photography, which becomes evidence of the social and economic culture of a place and its people ", says Ezio Costanzo.

The photographer
His surname reveals his Italian origin, but the date and place of birth are still unknown. He is said to have lived in Cleveland, Ohio, where he died in 1979. Before the war he worked as a photographer for the Cleveland Plain newspaper. For the OWI Parrino has photographed on various war fronts, including North Africa, the Middle East and Italy. He worked as a photojournalist for Wide World Photos and, after the war, he was a photo editor for Newsweek magazine. He was also director of the photography library of Cities Service Co. (which later became CITGO) where he worked until 1967.

Exhibition Space

Phil Stern Pavilion
Le Ciminiere
Viale Africa, 12, 95129 Catania CT

Opening Time

Opening July 9th, h. 7 pm


From Tuesday to Sunday
9:00 am - 4:45pm (Last ticket h. 3.00 pm)

Closing day: Monday

Info & Contact

Fondazione OELLE Mediterraneo Antico