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Dates:  1834 - 1914
Active:  Italy

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Guiseppe Incorpora (1834-1914) was a leading photographer of Palermo, Sicily, and scion of three generations of the Incorpora family photographic firm. In about 1860 he opened a studio on the via Cavour in Palermo and for the next fifty years he took views of architecture, landscape, genre studies, portraits and more. His output was prolific and he may be considered as the Southern Italian counterpart to the Alinari family in Florence, who dominated the field of photography in Northern Italy during the same period. Using an 8 x 10 view camera and producing prints with the albumen process, Incorpora captured views of significant landmarks of Sicilian Baroque architecture, including buildings in Messina, Palermo, Syracuse, Monreale and Catania, as well as the important Greek archeological ruins at Agrigento and Segesta.
He exhibited his work in Dublin, Ireland in 1865 and received a prize there, and in 1873 he participated in the Universal Exposition in Vienna and was awarded a Premium for his submission. He also received awards at the National Exposition in Palermo in 1891-92, and in Turin in 1898. After his death in 1914 his sons Salvatore (1866-?), Giovanni (1872-?) and Francesco (?-?) continued the family business. Much of the output of the firm was destroyed by an American bombing raid on Palermo on 9 May 1943.
A detailed monograph on the firm, entitled Gli Incorpora 1860-1940, by Paolo Morello, was published by the Istituto Superiore per la Storia della Fotographia, 2000, 334 p., text in Italian, with 148 full page duotone illus. and an extensive catalogue raisonne.
Fotografia Italiana dell'Ottocento, 1979, (Milano: Electra Editrice; Firenze [Florence]: Edizioni Alinari) page 159 (text in Italian)
Monica Maffioli, Il Belvedere: Fotografi e Architetti nell'Italia dell'Ottocento, 1996 (text in Italian)
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