© Mario Carnicelli ‘South Pacific Restaurant, Chicago, 1966’

Discovering Mario Carnicelli’s American Voyage across ’60s scenery

Capturing a country's dream.

After 50 years of hiding, Italian photographer Mario Carnicelli’s American Voyage has been rediscovered: a captivating portrayal of 1960s USA, we see corners of the country through a fresh eye. Taking in the people, fashion, colours and textures of the sixties street life, Carnicelli encapsulates the changing culture of America in every shot. His outside eye brings a voyeuristic aesthetic to his series, as he triumphs in capturing the candid moments of day-to-day life.

Fascinated by the country’s “multiculturalism, fashion, individuality, freedom and pursuit of happiness uniquely underpinned by a pervasive loneliness and rootlessness” that he observed, especially in “people separated from family and kin”. From students to workers, passers-by to pensive sitters, Carnicelli pictures people in moments of calm within the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether New Yorkers, Detroiters, DC city slickers or Chicagoans, his lens celebrates humankind as one whilst showcasing the intimacy of individuality.

© Mario Carnicelli ‘Portrait of Mario Carnicelli in New York, 1966’

Contemplating on the complexity of ordinary people and the American Dream, American Voyage is Mario Carnicelli’s optimistic look at life. What then would seem to be daily banality, through the eyes of a European traveller it is new and booming, documenting a time changing without its people even knowing it.

Transforming Carnicelli’s American Voyage into an all-encompassing book and exhibition, you too can be transported into the America he saw for the first time. So step into the Italian photographer’s sharp take on the US through the shots below…

© Mario Carnicelli ’Yellow Cab. Chicago, 1966’

© Mario Carnicelli Book Front Cover ‘Fashion students, New York, 1966’

"Whether New Yorkers, Detroiters, DC city slickers or Chicagoans, Carnicelli's lens celebrates humankind as one whilst showcasing the intimacy of individuality."

© Mario Carnicelli ‘Airport pay-phones, Chicago, 1966'

© Mario Carnicelli ‘Men Wanted Shopfront, Chicago, 1966’

© Mario Carnicelli ‘Schoolboy, New York, 1966'

© Mario Carnicelli ‘Schoolboy, New York, 1966'

American Voyage by Mario Carnicelli is published by Reel Art Press, RRP £29.95/$39.95. For further information and full list of stockists click here. The exhibition American Voyage by Mario Carnicelli runs from 20 April – 8 June 2018 at David Hill Gallery, 345 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6HA.