Bibbiena, the cradle of art photography from Arezzo

Bibbiena has been officially the city of photography from 2016. This high-sounding title does not tell a bit about the story of this little city, which was founded in Casentino ( in the wonderful land of Arezzo) more than one thousand years ago. Its story is linked to the present where the art and human wit are the true protagonists

The Italian centre of art photography

Bibbiena has been officially the city of photography from 2016. This high-sounding title does not tell a bit about the story of this little city, which was founded in Casentino ( in the wonderful land of Arezzo) more than one thousand years ago. Its story is linked to the present where the art and human wit are the true protagonists

The Italian centre of art photography

If you come to Arezzo and you are art and photography lovers you have to visit Bibbiena and CIFA, the Italian centre of art photography. A piece of news for lovers of photography: you will be pleased to know that the centre is managed by FIAF, the Italian Association of Art Photography Federations, a true guarantee of its worth. 

The Italian centre of art photography is an International institution with its own exhibition and research centre, National events and photography exhibitions and contests. It is ironic to realize that in the Casentino place of imprisonment par excellence, the former jail of Bibbiena, today it has become an extraordinary reality dedicated to free photography expression, open 365 days  yearly.

In CIFA the doors are opened for everyone: curious people, travelers, photography lovers and experts in a steady dialogue with artists, photographers and the territory. Here, in addition to the publications, we have archival activity, the conservation of public and private collections and the digitalization and rediscovery of the picture memory of our country. Moreover, the CIFA organizes four exhibitions each year and sponsors national competitions related to contemporary themes. 

Then, activities dedicated to young people such as the Italian young photographers biennial, educational activity and the meeting with picture tutors. Last but not least, the jewel of the city of photography is the Bibbiena outdoor gallery, a permanent exhibition which travels across all of its little city streets.

Bibbiena permanent outdoor gallery
The Bibbiena outdoor gallery is a permanent exhibition which travels across all of its little city streets.

Through the centre little streets, the permanent outdoor gallery 

The Bibbiena outdoor photographic gallery (30 kms from Arezzo) is a bit parlor, a bit museum but always under the Tuscan sun. Strolling through the old city centre little streets  will be an extraordinary experience.

It is not the usual stroll in a Tuscan village with the charm of the antique stones, towers and the path which saw the fire of a thousand old battles. Even this would merit the visit but getting lost through the Bibbiena little streets is much more, it is like traveling in Italian photography history from the Twentieth century until today.

All this thanks to the project realized in Bibbiena by the Italian art photography centre. To date the works of the past and present photography great masters are 30. Big installations in a 50 meter long path where art pictures dialogue perfectly with the environment in the squares and from the historic building walls.

These pictures wait us to be admired, to surprise us and to tell us a bit of ourselves, our humanity and our time. There are several outdoor photography exhibitions in the world but the one in Bibbiena is the only one in Europe to be permanent.

The meeting with your photography tutor in CIFA in Bibbiena

In CIFA in Bibbiena, it is always possible to meet for free art dealers and photo editors for a photography discussion which unifies work and passion. Then, there are portfolio readings , workshops, trainings and meetings with experts and professionals of the photography and publishing world.

The CIFA photography tutors are available for all the photographers who are in contact with the centre. We are always ready to give our support and advice which can guide young people toward the professional world and photography lovers to realize a project or an idea.

Meeting a tutor along the way of your life is more a unique experience than a rare experience. The CIFA in co-operation with the city of Bibbiena is proud to offer this extraordinary experience of growth and comparison. In the city of photography, behind the lens or in front of it there are always two elements to protect and share: humanity and beauty.

Nino Migliori in Bibbiena
Nino Migliori visiting Bibbiena in front of one of his photos.

Bibbiena, the reference point of the National and International photography culture

Bibbiena is the city of photography and we hope that you will decide to experience it fully. It is not important in which season you decide to come to the land of Arezzo, under the Winter snow or in the Spring lush green, Bibbiena will be the city of the photography, of the free expression, of the artistic immersion and of the opening to all languages and contemporary photographic expressions.

If you want to live your time in the images of art and beauty , if you want to discover the world through the lens, if you want to read again the past and to tell the present, picture by picture, Bibbiena, the cradle of art photography from Arezzo, will wait for you.

Bibbiena permanent outdoor gallery
There are several outdoor photography exhibitions in the world but the one in Bibbiena is the only one in Europe to be permanent.

 

Photo credits Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore

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