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13. "Paola e Giuseppe Bescapè" Photography Museum

Phone 0371 70468
Street and number Palazzo municipale, Piazza Matteotti 1
City Cavenago d'Adda

The Museum of Photography of Cavenago d’Adda retraces the history of photography in the Lodigiano territory; it is dedicated to Paola and Giuseppe Bescapè and is placed on the first floor of the Town Hall of Cavenago d’Adda.

The collection was created about forty years ago thanks to Silvano Bescapè, a photographer who worked on the Lodigiano territory and who, when he started to collect pictures and postcards of the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, was really careful to acquire and enhance the images, with the purpose of preserving all that material which otherwise would have been lost. After the closedown of some Lodigiani photo-studios, he tried to save not only the archives with the images, but also the equipment, the photographic materials and some historical pieces of furniture.

The archive includes photographs, plates and negatives: there are about 15.000 pictures of different periods (between 1850 and 1980), 30.000 negatives and plates of different sizes, 20.000 images from 135 mm photographic film coming from the “Nino Tronchini Studio” 8.000 original postcards dating back to a period of time between the end of the 19th century and the middle of the following century.To all of this material, it must be added also the important “Foto Celso Archive”, which consists of more than 500.000 photographs that still have to be catalogued.

The third Sunday of each month (from March to October), from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm; reservation is required for any other day of the year.