Photographing 'The Sweet Life'

Italian actress, Virna Lisi, photographed by Pierluigi Praturlon in 1957, posing on a Vespa at the Cinecittà studios in Rome.

Italian actress, Virna Lisi, photographed by Pierluigi Praturlon in 1957, posing on a Vespa at the Cinecittà studios in Rome.

Beginning in 1949, Pierluigi Praturlon established himself as Italy's top film set photographer. He worked on many of the great movies that emerged from Rome’s Cinecittà film studios and photographed most of the actors who starred in them. Those immortal images we’ve all come to know so well of Anita Ekberg, Audrey Hepburn, Ursula Andress, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Anthony Perkins, Gary Cooper, many on Vespas, were all taken by this man

Anita Ekberg and Pierluigi Praturlon sitting on the low wall of the staircase of Trinità dei Monti. Rome, 1958

Anita Ekberg and Pierluigi Praturlon sitting on the low wall of the staircase of Trinità dei Monti. Rome, 1958

As well as being the official set photographer on more than 400 films, including Ben Hur, Cleopatra, Thunderball and of course La Dolce Vita, Pierluigi Praturlon was Sophia Loren's personal photographer.

Paparazzi on Vespas and in Triumph TR3 chasing Anita Ekberg’s Ford Fairlane on its way to Rome, following her arrival at the airport in Federico Fellini’s most famous of films - La Dolce Vita

Paparazzi on Vespas and in Triumph TR3 chasing Anita Ekberg’s Ford Fairlane on its way to Rome, following her arrival at the airport in Federico Fellini’s most famous of films - La Dolce Vita

Italian actress Alessandra Panaro on her Vespa at a gas station, photo by Pierluigi Praturlon, Rome, 1957

Italian actress Alessandra Panaro on her Vespa at a gas station, photo by Pierluigi Praturlon, Rome, 1957

What a time and opportunity Praturlon had to be at the centre of, and photograph, the heyday and glamour of 1950s cinema, which coincided with the Vespa’s own glory days and its peak in popularity..

Available to buy  here  this book showcasing Pierluigi Praturlon’s photography is one for the ‘wish list’.

Available to buy here this book showcasing Pierluigi Praturlon’s photography is one for the ‘wish list’.

Pierluigi Praturlon on the set of Ben Hur.

Pierluigi Praturlon on the set of Ben Hur.