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Italian American Museum
Presents
FOUR DECADES
Dom Quartuccio, Little Italy’s Own Photographer, 1937 - 1977
Solo exhibition by Dom Quartuccio


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The Italian American Museum presents “Four Decades: Dom Quartuccio, Little Italy’s Own Photographer, 1937 - 1977”, a solo exhibition by photographer, Dom Quartuccio. The opening reception for this exhibit is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th at 6:30PM. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum through November 29th.
Artist's Statement:
I am the son of Italian immigrants, both from Marieno, Sicily. My father Peter Quartuccio came to America in 1905 at the age of 19. My mother, Rose D’Amato Quartuccio came with her parents and sisters around 1901.
At an early age my parents recognized my artistic talents. I grew up a young boy during The Great Depression and World War II. It was not a great era. Most people were poor, aspirations were few and survival was most important. During The Depression my father was in ill health and too proud to accept governmental aid. He still managed to support his family.

My first ambition was to be a pilot, but because I had poor hearing I was not able to pursue this dream. My good fortune started at age 14. My high school classmate convinced me to choose photography instead of Italian language as an elective course. Within several days I decided to be a photographer.
The Depression was ending and we entered World War II. My father was in poor health and had to retire. My mother was also in very poor health. My brothers took jobs to support the family. I had to make a decision about my future because it required money we could not afford. My family decided I should get my wish to become a photographer. My brothers bought me a Kodak camera for $25. I am forever grateful to my brothers who sacrificed their ambitions for their parents and younger brother.

Within weeks I began to take pictures all over New York City. My photography teacher encouraged me to enter a citywide photo contest. At 15 years old, I won and Mayor LaGuardia honored me with a silver medal and Certificate of Merit. These photos were exhibited in The Museum of The City of New York and The Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh. In addition, I was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute.

I have also traveled to 37 countries and have taken over 50,000 images in my lifetime. After 50 years of commercial photography, it is now time for me to devote myself to the Fine Arts and continue my passion of photography.

Dom Quartuccio

 


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