Building a historical photo Archive has been in Carlo Sacco’s mind for long time. Finally, at the end of 2009, this idea becomes true and leads to creating a NPO-ONLUS association with the aims of preserving and make use of the Archive material. This Onlus-NPO Association has been closed at the end of 2019 and the Archive, which at that time was given on free loan, is now returned to Carlo Sacco who continues the work of cataloguing and inventorying both images, documents, books and objects. The Archive wants to make available, to both “Public” and “Private” administrations, a large amount of pictures related to the Italian, local, and international territory, and that can be used for Exhibitions and other cultural Events thus preventing his and his family’s work to get lost in time. Both his father Benito Sacco and his uncle Solismo Sacco were photographers from the 30s onwards, and they accumulated a huge amount of pictures for their archive. His father Benito mainly becomes landscape photographer and tours Italy to capture images intended to be edited on postcards. He works for the leading companies like legendary Alterocca in Terni, and many other companies based in the Northern Italy, then producing thousands of panchromatic glass plates and color slides, working with a 13x18 view camera. His son Carlo, despite not being a professional photographer, stores such passion and travels mainly in Asia from the 70s onwards, photographing, with smaller sizes (24x36), the reality as a viewer. His destinations are India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Cambodia and Laos, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, but also the East Africa. Within these realities, he is dedicated to photojournalism and produces thousands of shots, stopping reality away from our Western world and then sorts them by topic to exploit them so that others can know what is contained in his work. In the late '90s, he produces, at his expenses, a book of photos in black and white large format with a trilingual text (Italian, English, Japanese) about Angkor - the old capital of Cambodia now buried by jungle - titled “Angkor, Children of Gods”, dedicating it both to the temples surrounded by centuries-old vegetation that absorbs them, and to children, victims of civil war, who have lived for years with the almsgiving of international tourism. He receives an international award by UNESCO for an image therein and continues his work mainly in Southeast Asia providing photographic assistance to archeological teams working for UNESCO in places that are candidates to become World Heritage, like Hoi An and My Son, in Vietnam, and Wat Pou, in Laos. These pictures, grouped by theme and included in this website still under construction, are brought to both Public and Private Administrations to be used in thematic Exhibitions, Lectures, Debates and Cultural Encounters promoted by any Organization or Entity. Carlo Sacco’s book collection has been transferred on free loan to the Association and it includes hundreds of original texts about voyages and explorations on five continents. Some of these texts, which marked an epoch, are very rare stories of travels and discoveries like Travels by Cook, Sven Hedin, Francis Garnier, Livingstone and Stanley and many others.The documentary Archive mostly includes local documents which have been produced and preserved by Solismo Sacco, a partisan leader, author of “History of Resistance in the Southwest Trasimeno Area”, politically persecuted during the fascist regime. The volume covers the last century, the Resistance, its organization in the local, as well as hundreds of documents and letters of the immediate postwar period, which saw, in Central Italy, the clash of political factions that are related to international reality where two political, economic, military and cultural blocks were dividing the world into two. Everything that is included in the Archive and called, according to Carlo’s will, “The Face of Asia” Sacco Historic-Photographic Archive is a testimony not to disperse, but to care for and maintain, and can be - if well directed and valued - a flagship for not only local Public Administrations, but also used and intended to be used on national and international scale. It is a medium for the dissemination of culture and of historical, photographic and ethnographic knowledge, to a society that increasingly living in a globalized world, often lose the knowledge of its origins and which, forgetting the latter, could have no future. After reading all this and the purposes that led to building the Archive, we are available to anyone who wants to enjoy what the Archive itself contains. The photos and objects included in the Archive may last longer than the generation that produced them... This is why these things - if used in a proper way - can certainly emphasize and enhance the motto which is the “essence” of the Archive. The motto says: “Everything that you keep for yourself is lost forever, what you give to others is yours forever…”.

Benito Sacco working during 50's - © Carlo Sacco - © Carlo Sacco