Photographer Leah Morgan gives a multi-sensory experience of Italy in her upcoming exhibition, Già Visitato, which will be held in the front gallery of Granduca Di Sicilia, one of New York City’s most authentic Sicilian restaurants. On view for the first time will be a series of photographs that Morgan took while traveling through the towns and rural areas of Sicily and Tuscany. Translated to Italian, the exhibition’s title is a play on the term déjà visité, which describes the phenomenon of having an unexplainable knowledge of a place you are visiting the first time. At once, Morgan’s images offer an intimate look into Italy’s most enchanted and hidden places while provoking the viewer with the extraordinary sense that they have been there before. Già Visitato was on view from May 30th through June 9, 2013. A reception for the artist was held at Granduca restaurant Thursday, May 30th from 6 to 8 pm.
With these works, Morgan weaves together a captivating tapestry of Italian life, past and present. She presents vastly unique portraits of Sicily and Tuscany, illustrating just why they are considered two of Italy’s most culturally rich regions. Highlights from the exhibition include document style photographs of the famous seaside market in Ortigia, Sicily. The hustle and bustle of the market comes to life in these images of charismatic vendors, cleaver-wielding butchers, and fresh caught fish and local fare. Morgan will also be displaying the photographs she took while road tripping through the countryside of Tuscany. The different moods of this famous landscape are revealed through the lavender-grey fog that rolls over the hills and valleys at morning to the warm, golden light that basks the fields and hamlets during the day and early evening.
Leah Morgan is known for her personal approach to documentary photography with a focus on people in their environment, street, portrait, and landscape. She draws inspiration from the work of Dorothea Lange, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Frank, and Steve McCurry. Morgan made her New York solo debut in the exhibition titled Photography From The Heart at Berkeley College Art Gallery where she displayed her intimate portraits of members of the Maasai Mara tribe from Kenya, Africa.