Gianni Di Venanzo, born in Teramo on December 18, 1920, was director of photography of the greatest films of the Italian cinema. He worked with all the major directors who, in the heyday of the postwar period until the Sixties, gave international prestige to the Italian film (Antonioni, Rosi, Fellini, Lizzani, Maselli etc..).
Di Venanzo preferred black and white cinema, where he could masterfully apply his chiaroscuro. He won five Nastro d’Argento. The most reliable film critique speaks of him as the best operator of photography in that period.
Gianni Di Venanzo died prematurely in Rome on January 3, 1966 in a car accident.