Giacomo Puccini, photograph by Allegranti e Miniati, Livorno 1909

Photographs form another series of iconographic documents in the archive. There are over 6.000 photographs from the late 19th and 20th centuries: studio portraits, and shots of scenes and exteriors. The material in general is linked to the activity of Casa Ricordi and comprises portraits of composers, librettists, actors, dancers, singers (in costume or not, thus giving an insight into the fashion of the time). The photos often have a dedication on the mount. The photographers (over 800 names) are Italian, like Ferrario, Bertieri, Varischi & Artico, Sommariva, De Marchi, Pagliano e Ricordi, Rossi, Sciutto, Sebastianutti, as well as foreign: photos from Studio Nadar, Reutlinger, London studios (Wilson & C., Ellis), American studios, studios at Leipzig, St Petersburg, Vienna, Cairo, Marseille, Budapest, São Paulo and so on. Some composers and designers were also dilettante photographers, as Giacomo Puccini (for example his snapshots in Egypt or Abetone, near Pistoia) and Leopoldo Metlicovitz. Many photographs were used to illustrate the Ricordi magazines, such as Musica e Musicisti and Ars et Labor.

Finally, the archive also has a large collection of about 200 prints, primarily portraits of musicians and singers that were originally filed with the photographs, but now form a separate department.

Eleonora Duse, photograph by Mario Nunes Vais, early 20th century
The cast of the world premiere of Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, on stage, 1918
A scene from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, The Barrière d'Enfer, Act III, 1896
Garden of the villa in Sant'Agata, (from left, seated) Maria Carrara Verdi, Barberina Strepponi, Giuseppe Verdi, Giuditta Ricordi, (from left, standing) Teresa Stolz, Umberto Campanari, Giulio Ricordi, Leopoldo Metlicovitz, late 19th century
Actress Sarah Bernhardt in stage costume, photograph by Nadar, late 19th century
Giacomo Puccini on the Brooklyn Bridge, 1910
Ricordi store in London, early 20th century
Alberto Franchetti (on the left) and Giulio Ricordi, early 20th century
Giacomo Puccini in the studio of his house in Torre del Lago, photograph with dedication to Giulio Ricordi, 1909
From left: Enrico Caruso, Francesco Paolo Tosti and Antonio Scotti, London 1905
Tullio Serafin and Ottorino Respighi during the rehearsals of "La campana sommersa", 1927
Giacomo Puccini, photograph by Studio Badodi, 1924
Adelina Stehle, who created the role of Nannetta in Falstaff, photograph with dedication to Giulio Ricordi, 1893
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