“The Small Italian Islands Off Season”

By Bernard Plossu

From 23 January, 2015
To 15 February, 2015

The small italian islands off season from 1987 until today

“Having spent several long years on the Taos high plateaus in New Mexico, at an altitude of 2,200 meters, upon my return to Europe I wanted to visit and even live in wild, isolated spots. For years I had kept a photo I had found somewhere I don’t remember, of the small port of the Levanzo island, close to Trapani in Sicily. I really wanted to go there with Françoise, my wife. Thanks to the help of Jean Digne from the Naples French Cultural Center, we moved to Stromboli with our little Joaquim in the fall of 1987 for our first residence. Then another one followed in 1988 on the Lipari island, in Canneto. From there, we were able to visit all the Aeolian Islands, one at a time, for two months, and finally we took a boat back to Naples in December, under the snow! One at a time, I visited ALL the small Italian islands, climbing to all their summits, with the intention of producing a gigantic fresco of all these sites, from the Tremiti islands to the other ones such as Giglio, Ventotene or Marettimo. In fact, all of them. Often in the climate of the high seas climates with no ship on the horizon… My two favorite islands are the smallest ones, Alicudi and Levanzo. Slowly, with the help of my old Nikkormat and its 50mm lens, I started collecting the photos. At the beginning, Digne suggested that I should do a small book. We were thinking about a title. One day, staying with friends of Mimmo D’Oria in Bari, the wife of the architect Toto Radichio found a lovely expression: «Dopo l’estate», after the summer… That was it ! These are simple and true photographs, a real, eternal Italy, a sort of tribute to Visconti’s black and white film “The Earth Trembles”… a follow-up to the harshness of the American West, and my stay at Port Cros island in my youth, when I caught the virus of small islands! This is a passion, and gives a meaning to photography that matches what is remote and past”.

Bernard Plossu


Institut Français de Beyrouth
Espace des Lettres, Damascus Road


From 23 January, 2015
To 15 February, 2015

11:00am - 7:00pm

Saturdays from 10 am till 12 pm. Closed on Sundays.