Photography was still a privilege for a few enthusiasts but behind the camera eye there was always a person that took into consideration the worth and appeal of the subject and decided the distance, the light, the framing. Today we moved to digital, a great invention in science and technology, a real miracle for photography! In half an inch there are thousands of photographs. No need to worry about anything, the camera will do it for you. This is globalization of photography, everybody can take photographs of everything. Every day millions of photographs but behind the lens there is a nervous hand that just clicks all the time. What will happen in the future with this approach to photography?
A hundred years ago you put the film roll in your camera and you would manually roll it while looking at the number in the red window in the back of the camera. Then you would wait for the perfect sunlight and finally click. Maybe some great photograph from those times still exists. Around the year 1930 with the big revolution of the Leica and the 35mm film everything was made easy. Cameras were lighter, faster, the film more vivid.
For us from the old school maybe we do not care anymore and we only think about the last and final image that nobody ever saw or described.
Poggio, Cavallino, Settembre 2010
1907 Felice Andreis was born In Turin, Italy.
1916 He takes the first photographs with a Pocket Kodak 4×6 cm, a present from his dad.
1929 He graduates in Chemistry at the University of Turin.
1930 He joins the army as an artillery reserve officer.
1933 He leaves Turin and settle down in the region of Maremma, Tuscany in the San Donato countryside. He is one of the directors of the Società Aziende Agricole Maremmane (Maremma agricultural land administration) and he takes care of the reclamation of swamp areas as well as building the Poggio Perotto dam.
1936 He takes part to a number of Photo exhibitions in Europe and United States. His pictures are published in the The American Annual of Photography, Boston, in 1936, 1938 and 1939.
1938 He shoots a 16mm documentary on swamp reclamation and exhibits his photos at the Alpine Italian Club Torino.
1939 He marries Angelica Barabesi and they have a daughter.
1948 He moves with his family to Paarl, South Africa, close to Cape Town to work in a farm. He plants 20,000 olive trees and brings an original olive oil press from Italy. He keeps taking pictures of places and people he meets during work or on his travels.
1975 He moves back to Maremma and he settles down with his wife in Poggio Cavallino close to the city of Grosseto where he keeps working with olive trees cultivation.
1993 He exhibits a selection of his photographs at the Lattaia farm, Grosseto.
1996 The Documentary “Felice Andreis, a time of swamp reclamation, Maremma, the Baron, Africa” produced by Edo Galli is presented at the Capalbio Film Festival.
1998 He organizes an exhibition in Cape Town with a series of photos on the Distretto Sei settlements
2001 He takes part to the exhibition “The invention of Maremma” organized by the municipality of Grosseto.
2002 He is present in the exhibition at the presidential estate of Castelporziano (Roma).
2003 The archive of the Maremma popular traditions office publish the book “Felice Andreis: the Maremma pictures 1930-1939” with an introduction of Piero Citati.
2005 During the show “Arts in Maremma at the beginning of the century” his photographs are displayed with a viewing of his swamp reclamations documentary film. The event is curated by Enrico Crispolti, Anna Mazzanti, Luca Quattrocchi, Giovanna Ginex.
2006 The same documentary is added to the Maremma digital media archive in a dvd format curated by the cinema historian Leonardo Moggi and director Francesco Falaschi.
2008 Claudio Longobardi writes his degree dissertation on Felice Andreis, the Baron photographer, University of Siena, faculty of Arts and Literature.
2010 The national newspaper “Corriere della Sera” includes the article 15.000 pictures in a drawer in their . “Io Donna” supplement. His photographs archive is considered a national interest by the Ministry of cultural Heritage
2012 The cultural association Felice Andreis is born with the intent to protect and promote his photo archive. The book “Un uomo che guarda, Felice Andreis, photographs from 1926 to 1952” curated by Carlo Bonazza is published for Photoedizioni, Grosseto. The book is presented in Rome on the 29th of November with a participation of Marco Delogu, Carmine Sorrentino, Pepita Andreis, and in Grosseto on the 14th of December at the Natural History museum of Maremma in the presence of the author.
2013 Book presentation for “Un uomo che guarda” and photographs exhibition on the 25th of March at Palazzo Isimbardi, Milano in the presence of Guido Podestà (President of Milan Municipality) and Roberta Valtorta (director of the Museum of Contemporary photography). Another book presentation together with projection of photographs is held at the Accademia dei Georgofili, Florence. Felice Andreis was also included in the program of the important MIA Fair 8th-12th of May, Superstudio, Milano.
2014 Monographic exhibition both in Grosseto and at the Meliga Art gallery of Torino
2015 On the 7th of March Felice Andreis dies at his house in Giuncarico , shortly before his 108 birthday and two months after the death of his wife Pupa Barabesi
2016 Monographic exhibition at the This is Art Gallery, 390a King’s Road, London.
2018 Monographic exhibition at Galleria La Pigna, Roma
2019 Works displayed at the picture and photographic exhibition “L’infinito di Leopardi”, Torre Truglia, Sperlonga, LT