From 18-21 January 2018, during Pitti Immagine Bimbo, Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi will host an exhibition of pictures of children taken by photographer Oliviero Toscani from the eighties through to his latest campaign for the Benetton spring ’18 collection.
“It’s easier to photograph a war than children,” said Oliviero Toscani on the set of the Benetton Kids Spring/Summer 2018 campaign. “You try photographing four kids against a white background while they shout, cry and call for their mothers.”
Some of Toscani’s most famous campaigns for Benetton portray children: from the photo of a newborn baby with its umbilical cord still attached – which became the cover of the first issue of COLORS magazine – to the Girasoli catalogue, in which all the models were disabled children from a German treatment centre, and the iconic image of an angelic-looking white child embracing a black child whose hair is shaped into devil’s horns.
These and other photographs of girls and boys taken by Toscani for Benetton will feature in the exhibition, titled Non fate i bravi. Le bambine e i bambini Benetton di Oliviero Toscani. The images will be printed and attached onto a three-metre wide reel, which – like a DNA helix – will unfurl among the columns of the Palazzo Strozzi courtyard.
The last images on the reel will be those Toscani took for the Benetton Kids Spring/Summer 2018 collection.