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ICONS by Guido Harari



ICONS by Guido Harari


The Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, cordially invites you to the opening of “Icons”, an exhibition by photographer Guido Harari.

Guido Harari has met and photographed the greatest music legends: B.B. King, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Patti Smith, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and - among the Italians - Luciano Pavarotti, Fabrizio De André, Paolo Conte, Gianna Nannini and Ennio Morricone.

Lou Reed said about him: "I'm always happy when Guido takes my picture because I know it will be a musical picture. And it will also have some poetry and feeling to it."

With over 40 photographs taken over a period of 45 years, the exhibition features portraits of Italian and international musicians, as well as photographs of other Icons who have distinguished themselves in different fields, from cinema to fashion, literature, design, architecture and science.

On the occasion of the exhibition opening, Guido Harari will engage in a conversation revealing the stories behind each picture, and the highlights and drawbacks of capturing the unique personalities of such special subjects. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Culture and will also feature Frank Stefanko, photographer and author of the books "Bruce Springsteen. Days Of Hope and Dreams," and "Patti Smith. American Artist".



Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008


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Once the event is full we will not accept wait list requests. A limited number of “last call" registrations will be available on Eventbrite between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the day of the event.




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The show will be on display until Jan 31st, 2020. Visits for groups of a minimum of 10 people can be requested by appointment on Fridays at 10:30am. Please contact: to book yout visit.






Guido Harari started out in the early Seventies as a music photographer and journalist, also exploring reportage, fashion, advertising, corporate photography and the graphic design of his books. He’s produced countless record covers for such artists as Kate Bush, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ute Lemper, Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Simple Minds and Frank Zappa. In Italy he has collaborated with all major stars, including Claudio Baglioni, Andrea Bocelli, Paolo Conte, Pino Daniele, Fabrizio De André, Mia Martini, Gianna Nannini, Luciano Pavarotti, PFM, Vasco Rossi, and Maestro Riccardo Muti and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has curated the big multimedia Fabrizio De André exhibition for Palazzo Ducale, in Genoa, and the Art Kane. Visionary exhibition for Galleria Civica in Modena, and Made in Cloister in Naples. He is also chief curator of the Casa dei Cantautori – the museum of the Italian singer-songwriters – which will open in Genoa in 2021/2022.

His photography has been the subject of numerous exhibitions: a huge retrospective show, called Wall Of Sound, was exhibited in 2016 at the Rockheim Museum in Norway, in 2018 at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia, and in 2019 at the Museo Nazionale Rossini in Pesaro.

Guido has published many books: among them The Beat Goes On (with Fernanda Pivano, 2004), Vasco! (2006), Fabrizio De André. Una goccia di splendore (2007), Fabrizio De André & PFM. Evaporati in una nuvola rock (with Franz Di Cioccio, 2008), Mia Martini. L’ultima occasione per vivere (with Menico Caroli, 2009), Gaber. L'illogica utopia (2010), Tom Waits (2013), Pier Paolo Pasolini. Bestemmia (2015), The Kate Inside with his photographs of Kate Bush (2016), Wall Of Sound (2018), Fabrizio De André. Sguardi randagi (2018).

In 2011 he launched in Alba, Italy, where he's been living for many years now, his own photographic gallery (Wall Of Sound Gallery) and publishing company for limited edition books and catalogues (Wall Of Sound Editions), both totally focused on music imagery.




Date: Monday, December 09, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 7:00 pm

Organized by : Embassy of Italy

In collaboration with : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free


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