60’s and 70’s

The start of photographic research Carnisio springs from the destructive fury of which Milan was the victim at the expiration of the fifties. The fear of seeing disappear in a short time the ancient appearance of the city is precisely the origin of this phase, in which the author tries with a shot to save forever in the memory parts of the city will disappear. The eye of Carnisio should therefore in search of the most typical aspects of Milan: the inns, the canals, the dock, the fair of bej oh oh bej, but also the Milan “in the making”, with the first popular apartment blocks that rise blocks in a clearing deserted street Primaticcio, via Soderini, Monte Stella, the Ponte della Ghisolfa, via Bardolino and the various gardens scattered a bit ‘everywhere, especially in the neighborhood Barona. Still in the early 60s Virgilio has time to document reality still intact in their original spirit of farming villages, such as those of Musocco, Bullona, ​​Crescenzago, Greek, Clairvaux, Bovisa.

In the years 1965-66 Carnisio focuses its attention mainly to the theme of the taverns, seeking out these venues both in the streets of Old Town, is sneaking in some courtyard where they survived, albeit in very rare cases, within that social microcosm that was the home of the railing. In still other cases, finding some restaurant outside the city, near Milan.

Since 1969 Virgil Carnisio decides to make Milan the subject of a systematic documentation, dealing with all areas of the city. Along Milan in length and breadth, Carnisio addition to describing the appearance of the city, along with the people who go through the streets, keeps an eye to the tenements, architectural typology in extinction, which proposed in cities the size of the Community farming village, formed by the same families emigrated en masse from the countryside.

Together courtyards and tenements another issue addressed as of this date is that of the shops and crafts, which constitutes a first group of images sul’argomento, which in part will feed in the book “The old quarter Garibaldi” 1982.