Approved biography for Cesare Giulio
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
Cesare Giulio or Giulio Cesare? His name has been printed both ways. Although the wet stamp on the mount of the institute’s photograph reads Giulio Cesare, Giulio is in capital letters, which during the time indicated the last name. While many American photographic publications of the period printed Cesare as his last name, the Foto Annuario Italiano 1937, which should be authoritative, gives his last name as Giulio, so that is what we’re going with.
Giulio was born in Turin, Italy, where he apparently spent most or all of his life. He was an avid mountaineer and most accomplished as a photographer when making winter landscapes. He exhibited in pictorial salons from about 1925 through the 1930s. Juries accepted his prints in Turin, Paris, Ottawa, Rochester, Indianapolis, Chicago, and San Diego. Reproductions of his work appeared in the January 1934 issue of American Photography and the American Annual of Photography in 1930, 1931, 1932, and 1938, as well as the English annual Modern Photography in 1930 and 1931.
Giulio’s most revered image was his Rain of Shadows, a print of which is owned by the museum. It features a snowy mountainside with a handful of pine trees captured in sensuous raking light. While it is clear that the image was shot from nature, it, eerily, has the look of a miniature set-up piece. Rain of Shadows was reproduced in both the 1931 Rochester salon catalog and Camera Craft in March 1932.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission.
Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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