Great photo! And that's definitely Milano. If you have never been on top of the Duomo, you must do it the next time you are there. It's a beautiful view and an amazing point-of-view to see the architecture.
This picture is breathtaking. Everything from the pose, to the clothes, to the background just captures my attention. Possibly the best thing is you know in this time period this is a "true" photograph. No digital changes. Just true style, and true life.
This photo is remarkable! Truly elegant and rich in visual texture. The softness of the Gothic Cathedral which is elaborate in sculptural detail and the pure nature of this gentleman in the forefront is spectacular!
This image has already been saved onto my blog sourced pictures!
This might be my favorite photo yet. This man evokes a side of masculinity that is too rare these days. He reminds me of my grandfather, born in 1913, and a handful of other men of this generation whom I have known and who have set the bar very high. There is no pretense, frivolity, or self-awareness here, but rather a silent strength.
I agree, there is something a tad Gregory Peck-ish about him. What a hunk!
I studied abroad in Milan for a semester and I'm not sure that is il Duomo di Milano. The cathedral in Milan forms more of a pyramid leading up to the golden maiden. Also, there appear to be stairs leading up to this cathedral. Not so in Milan.
Beyond the style of the gentleman(which is excellent), this photo is just magnificent. It's so atmospheric and evocative, and I really believe it works so well chiefly because it isn't a colour photo. All around a treasure!
man, i've never read so much romanticised *crap* about my country's past.
that's just wishful thinking, in the age the guy's talking about (just after the war, before the 60's) Italy was a POOR place. Our first president received a COAT as a present for his election!
people were still coping with the aftermath of WWII and small towns of Southern Italy DIDN'T looked like majestic Hollywood sets, unless he's talking about war movie sets.
oh, yeah, and that "back in the good ole days everybody aimed to the dignity and respect for oneself and others, from the doctor to the shoemaker"… please, please… people were just out of a CIVIL war, still carrying grudges and vendettas…
I love all these vintage photos! What a grand idea to share them with all of us! Thank you for being a source of inspiration! I found some unexpected vintage myself yesterday. Visit my blog to see what Barbie dressed up in about fifty years ago. She had some lovely dresses that girl!
Definitely Milan – you can get up on the roof. This photo was taken looking back toward the tower over the transept (which you don't see from the piazza). The statues behind him on his right are on top of the elongated finials of the buttresses. Those you can see well from streetlevel on both long sides of the Duomo (Santa Maria Nascente).
The Duomo is one of the strangest & greatest monuments I know. It is a clear mash-up of different styles. It has its own style. No other building is like that. This, and the low vantage point, make a great picture!
Did I miss something? There are a couple of references to a description or writing (like the comment above about so-called "romanticised 'crap'") that I don't see on my screen. I'm curious to see what got such a strong reaction.
(For what it's worth, I don't think the real problems of Italy at that time diminish or negate the admiration we have of the style and social niceties that co-existed at the time anymore than anymore than admiration of the style, music, and movies of the 30s is negated by the co-existence of the Great Depression and Jim Crow laws in the South.)
For those still wondering if it's Milan or not, just go too imgaes.google.com and search for "duomo milan roof" and you'll see it's Milan. Great picture! I'll comment on it picture later.
It's definitely the Duomo Milano. You can climb to the roof and be surrounded by what seems an infinite number of spires. The photo is so evocative of post war Italy. I imagine him to be the tall,dark,handsome stranger many American tourists had fleeting infatuations with.
Breathtaking. This gentleman looks like the man of my dreams. That's definitely the Duomo in Milan. Those are not stairs, it is just how the Duomo looks like when you are on the top. What we see in the background is the facade seen from behind. Maybe this pic can help you: http://www.milanofree.it/images/stories/milano/vista_dal_duomo24.jpg
Anyway great great picture. One of my favorite from the vintage contest.
For the anonymous wondering if he's missing something, yes, there was an interview with the picture submitter that now seems to be gone.
While i absolutely agree about the fact that the problems of some parts of italy don't diminish the admiration of some of the products of the era i really think that saying that "small towns of southern Italy looked like majestic Hollywood sets" is simply too much. Up until the mid 70's southern Italy looked like a war-torn country. Some places still do!
What a wonderful photo. It captures that timeless elegance that is fortunately sporadically evident Milano to this day. Also- I'm currently studying in Milano and was just up on the Duomo roof less than a week ago. Unless the other churches are exact copies- This is the Duomo of Milano.
I think we will be seeing a lot more work that is "vintage". Most of the best photography was before 1970. It was more real, raw and emotional. Much of the new digital work does not have the "heart" of the older images.
it is for sure the Duomo in Milan seen not from the square but from top (where visitors are allowed to go).I lived in Milan for years so I am pretty sure… the man looks totally Italian as well :) it reminds me of some pictures of my grandfather in the '50s. it's just awesome!