Pierluigi Praturlon (1924 – 1999), was born in Rome. With more than 400 films to his credit, Praturlon is probably one of the most prolific cinematic photographers, capturing Rome’s cinematic golden age during the 1950’s and 60’s. In the past, on-set photographers had contented themselves with posed portraits of stars between takes, but Pierluigi brought a fresh vitality to this genre by employing reportage-style photography on set. He photographed the making of many acclaimed masterpieces in film history: Ben Hur, Cleopatra, La grande guerra, 007 Thunderball, Grand Prix, La Dolce Vita, The Pink Panther, Matrimonio all’italiana, Amarcord, La Ciociara. At the time, he was the only Italian photographer able to speak fluent English and was commissioned by a number of US production studios shooting movies in Europe. He was able to develop personal relationships with actors and directors, working as the official studio photographer of movie icons such as Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Anita Ekberg, Raquel Welch, Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, Ursula Andress and many more.
Sophia Loren in Madame Sans Gene
Sophia Loren Toasting the New Year at Home