Living La Dolce Vita: Vibrant, Colorful Photos of Italy in the 1980s


A fantastic look at Italy in the 80s. Such simple photography, yet each photo taken with intention. It makes me slightly sad that travel has changed and I will never experience a place like this in a time when it is so undiluted and pure, free of the commercial side of tourism, and just being itself.

TIME

Italy has been through so much history that anything you say about the land and its people is doomed to repeat what has been said at least once before. And what may no longer be true was once true—and may be true one day again. But if there is a perennial aspect of Italy, it is the pursuit of la dolce vita, the sweet life of pleasure that the director Federico Fellini embodied with both sensuality and irony in his 1960 classic of the same name. The photographer Charles Traub alludes to Fellini in his collection of photographs from Italy in the 1980s, Dolce Via—the Sweet Way. Indeed, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, where the actress Anita Ekberg famously cavorted in the movie, is the backdrop of a number of Traub’s images. But there is something else Dolce Via shares with La Dolce Vita—not quite Fellini-esque but nevertheless…

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