Letizia, born in Paris, France, studied French and Italian Literature at the Sorbonne, then lived in Florence, London, and Berlin, experimenting with photography. But it wasn’t until after moving to New York City, that she decided to jump full time into the craft.

She began doing freelance work for Philadelphia Weekly, and shooting stills on TV and independent film sets. Then she met Judith Malina, the artistic director and co-founder of The Living Theatre, who was being evicted from her longtime residence and theater on the Lower East Side. She spent six months documenting Malina. Her photos of the director were featured in The New York Times.

Letizia uses documentary-style portraiture as a way of examining social issues; storytelling is an important aspect of her image making. She is inspired by those she photographs, whether they’re world famous artists, like German conductor Kurt Mazur and American opera singer Martina Arroyo, or marginalized people on the streets of New York.

In 2015, she pointed her camera at the United Nations building. Her emotional, atmospheric photographs of this iconic monument were featured in a solo exhibition celebrating the organization’s 70th anniversary.

She is now working on a series of portraits of American artists for Piscator: The Legacy Continues, a book on Erwin Piscator, the German founder of the Political Theater who left a significant artistic heritage through his experimental staging and productions. The work includes portraits of the actresses Ellen Burstyn and Lee Grant, the theatrical producer and director Harold Prince, the playwright John Guare, and avant-garde artist, Robert Wilson.

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