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18 January 2014

Attilio Badodi

Italian star photographer Attilio Badodi (1880-1967) had a well known studio, where he photographed all the people from the Milanese beau monde plus the famous actors and actresses of the 1910s and 1920s.

Lyda Borelli
Lyda Borelli. Italian postcard, no. 418. Photo Badodi.

Vera Vergani
Vera Vergani. Italian postcard. Sent by mail in 1927. Photo: Badodi, Milano.

Alda Borelli
Alda Borelli. Italian postcard, no. 303. Photo A. Badodi, Milano.

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Attilio Badodi was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1880. He learned the techniques and tricks of the photographic trade from an uncle who was photographer.

In 1902, Badodi moved to Milan where, quite soon, he became a well-known studio photographer.

All the famous actors and actresses and the Milanese beau monde - aristocracy, artists, musicians, politicians - had themselves photographed in his studio in Via Brera 5.

Many of his actors' portraits circulated as postcards as well. In 1922 he participated in the Prima Esposizione Internazionale di Fotografia in Turin.

Badodi was also reporter for Illustrazione italiana, but he is best remembered for his studio portraits.

Attilio Badodi died in 1967.

Lyda Borelli
Lyda Borelli. Italian postcard by Fotocelere, Torino, no. 207. Photo: Badodi, Milano.

Alda Borelli
Alda Borelli. Italian postcard, no. 304. Photo A. Badodi, Milano.

Armando Falconi
Armando Falconi. Italian postcard, no. 288. Photo: Badodi.

Lyda Borelli
Lyda Borelli. Italian postcard, no. 256. Photo: Badodi.

Ermete Zacconi
Ermete Zacconi. Italian postcard, no. 57. Photo: Badodi, Milano.

Armando Falconi
Armando Falconi. Italian postcard, no. 289. Photo: Badodi.

Lyda Borelli
Lyda Borelli. Italian postcard, no. 477. Photo: Badodi.

This is the second post in a new series on star photographers. The first post was on the Reutlinger Studio in Paris.

Source: internet.culturale.it (Italian).

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