Maria Mulas exclusively with Bridgeman Images

 

Self-Portrait by Maria Mulas, 1969-1979, © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Self-Portrait by Maria Mulas, 1969-1979, © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

We are pleased to announce that the Maria Mulas archive is now represented by Bridgeman Images worldwide.​

 

photo of Liz Taylor and Franco Zeffirelli during a party at Falk's house after a performance at La Scala, Milan, Italy, 1971 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Liz Taylor and Franco Zeffirelli during a party at Falk's house after a performance at La Scala, Milan, Italy, 1971 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

"Ugo gave me my first camera, which had belonged to my father. I was a little girl... That's how it all started: with an old, magnificent Leica." (Interview - Rome, 26 September 2018)

 

photo of Sophia Loren, Milan, Italy, 1990-99 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Sophia Loren, Milan, Italy, 1990-99 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images



Maria Mulas (Manerba del Garda 1935) began her career at a very young age as a painter but - as she herself recounts in various interviews - the influence of her brother Ugo and having a darkroom at her disposal soon attracted her to photography.

 

image of Christo on the terrace of his studio, New York, USA, 1979 (coloured photo) / © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Christo on the terrace of his studio, New York, USA, 1979 (coloured photo) / © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

Printing her own work is a constant for Maria Mulas, and perhaps one of the keys to understanding the strength of her work. Especially her work in portraiture, the genre for which she has become famous.

 

photo of the author Alberto Moravia, Rome, Italy, 1985 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Alberto Moravia, Rome, Italy, 1985 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

photo of Maria Mulas taking a self portrait in a round mirror
 Self-Portrait in the Mirror, © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

Maria Mulas' archive is first and foremost a rich catalogue of celebrities from the world of culture, both Milanese and international, portrayed mostly in black and white. Beuys, Warhol, Richter, Pane, Bourgeois, Colombo, Castellani, Dorfles, Baselitz, Kapoor, Tilson, Johns, Rauschenberg, Koons, Strehler, Grass, Pivano, Moravia, De Chirico... just to mention a few names.

 

image of Louise Bourgeois at Miller Gallery, New York, USA, 1986 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Louise Bourgeois at Miller Gallery, New York, USA, 1986 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

Spontaneity (of the subjects) and abstraction (of the black and white) could be said to be the two guidelines that accompany Maria Mulas' work.

 

photo of Fausto Melotti, Milan, Italy, 1975 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Fausto Melotti, Milan, Italy, 1975 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

A smile from Abbado.

 

 

image of a smiling Claudio Abbado, Milan, Italy, 1992 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Claudio Abbado, Milan, Italy, 1992 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

Andy Warhol and Maria Mulas photographing each other

 

 

image of Andy Warhol and Maria Mulas photographing each other at the Fondazione Stelline, on the occasion of Warhol's exhibition "Il cenacolo", Milan, Italy, 1987 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Andy Warhol and Maria Mulas photographing each other at the Fondazione Stelline, on the occasion of Warhol's exhibition "Il cenacolo", Milan, Italy, 1987 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

The theatre (by theatre we mean the Piccolo Teatro in Milan) and Giorgio Strehler were a fundamental meeting point for the photographer. It was the 1960s in Milan, and the Piccolo was a place of protest and experimentation.

 

Self-Portrait in Green, © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Self-Portrait in Green, © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

On the other hand, for Mulas, theatre is an opportunity for a direct confrontation with action and movement, with longer exposure times.

 

image of Bob Wilson on the stage of the Teatro Strehler, Milan, Italy, 1978 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Bob Wilson on the stage of the Teatro Strehler, Milan, Italy, 1978 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Reportage and research are not alien to Maria Mulas' work, and as such can be found in the archive. Fashion, architecture, precious urban views. Almost always in Milan, which, we might say, was one of the hubs for the arrival and spread of international and avant-garde culture in Italy.

 

portyrait of Dario Fo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy,1982 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images
Dario Fo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy,1982 (b/w photo) © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

Bridgeman Images represents the copyright of Maria Mulas, which means that her incredible images are available for your project without any further steps or permissions from other institutions.

 

Vibralismo, 1980, © Maria Mulas / Bridgeman Images

 

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