The Whole Of Life

In the albums of emigrant families, in Italy as all over the world, the pictures portraying the crucial phases of each life play a very important role: births, parties, weddings, and, occasionally, deaths too. Sometimes, those who have left want to show their loved ones far away how strong is the emotional bond between them. To do so, they are pictured holding a photo of the relatives they wished to have near them.

Giuseppe Piagentini pictured holding a photograph of his far-away fiancée
Giuseppe Piagentini pictured holding a photograph of his far-away fiancée
U.S.A., New York, 1945. Bridesmaids and their beaux
U.S.A., New York, 1945. Bridesmaids and their beaux
Brazil, São Paulo, Villa Caracol, 1907. Christening of Luigi Puliti
Brazil, São Paulo, Villa Caracol, 1907. Christening of Luigi Puliti
Argentina, Buenos Aires. Wedding couple from the Piagentini and Bechelli families
Argentina, Buenos Aires. Wedding couple from the Piagentini and Bechelli families