The collection is composed of a selection of photographs chosen by the author himself, by his daughter Paola and by the museum and presented in 2007 at an exhibition-homage staged to mark Sacconi’s eightieth birthday. The themes of the images are the cities of Milan, Venice and Treviso, the center and south of Italy, several European cities, nature and architecture.

Achille Sacconi (Treviso, 1927), architect and city planner, was for many years an adviser to the Department of Culture of the Province of Milan on the survey and study of the architectural and environmental heritage. He is known to the world of photography for having conceived and coordinated the Architectural and Environmental Heritage Project, under whose auspices the now historic Archivio dello Spazio (1987-97) was commissioned. This in turn led to the launch of the project for the creation of the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Over the span of more than forty years of enthusiastic practice of photography (1959-2004), Achille Sacconi produced around 10.000 negatives, 6.000 slides and 3.000 prints in black and white. Landscape, architecture and the relationship between the human being and the environment (in this his photography bears a trace of neorealism) were the principal subjects of investigation. In his work as a photographer, as in his reflections on architecture and city planning, the human figure (and therefore life and social interaction) is often present as a measure of the landscape and of structures built over the course of history.