Italy: Famous anti-mafia photographer Letizia Battaglia dies aged 87

Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia died on the evening of April 13 at the age of 87 in her hometown of Palermo. His photographic work on the Cosa Nostra has received several awards and made him known worldwide.

She was one of the first female photojournalists in Italy. As a photographer for the communist daily newspaper L’Ora in Palermo, she documented the crimes of the Mafia on Sicilian soil for almost 20 years.

His black-and-white photos of bodies riddled with bullets in broad daylight in the heart of Palermo were compelling testimonies from prosecutors about the mafia violence that ravaged Sicily in the 1970s and into the 1990s.

“There could be up to five murders every day. The work was exhausting, but we couldn’t stand by and do nothing, with our little mafia on our little island (…) We had to witness this violence and the whole world had to know about it,” she told AFP in 2006 at an exhibition of his photos in Rome . She added that although those bloody years are now over, the Cosa Nostra is still beautiful and present.

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