ALBERTO MONTACCHINI – Photographer
(Parma, 1894 – 1956)
After serving his apprenticeship at Vaghi & Carra, Alberto Montacchini set up his own independent company in 1928, the year in which he was granted an exclusive supplier license for the Teatro Regio. He set up a photographic studio inside the theater and the greatest names in opera posed for his lens: Bechi, Gigli, Pertile, Tebaldi and Olivero. He was on very friendly terms with Riccardo Barilla, who as early as 1927 and until the outbreak of the World War II, commissioned from him numerous works and reportage on behalf of the Pasta Factory. In the 1940s he lived in Rome, where he was responsible for an advertising campaign at the Stadio dei Marmi. In 1945 he returned to Parma, where he worked until his death in 1956: thereafter the studio’s activity was continued by his son Gianluca.
ROSATI Romano, Camera oscura (Dark Room). Parma, Silva, 1990, pp. 304-318.
ROSATI Romano, Alberto Montacchini. Parma, Step, 2010, pp. 36-37, 91.