You take bold initiatives, and get amazing results. We would like to submit to you a rather personal and very modest consideration that could perhaps add a drop of oil at a time of influenza.
Italy now represents what is called a destination with high cultural added value. And who is the traveller who does not want to take home a small souvenir?
But cultural goods are banned from trade, certainly with good reason. The old books have all become suspicious with so many cases of forgery and theft that have been in the news. Unfortunately, our digital age has not yet found a way to replace the educational values of the old bibliophily. When princes collected incunabula pendants as typographers collected revolutionary brochures.
And yet there is something that human genius has invented, precisely to allow travellers to bring back a material memory in the midst of cold cuts and bottles of oil and wine: photographs.
The collection of photographs is the most beautiful of the collections,
– because if there is a strong idea behind the creation of a photograph, it is still there when the years are over, it is still there when its creator has disappeared,
– because an emotion caused by a photograph can equally capture people of extraordinarily diverse culture and condition,
– because the study of old draws is the best vaccine against the temptation of conspiracy among young minds,
– because the exchange between amateurs is a peaceful and democratic activity,
– because small markets and exchanges are an area of freedom that the largest sums of money cannot substitute
– because there is no more difficult material expertise than photography, but this difficulty gives rise to an unequalled wealth of reasoning.