This is a catalog of the exhibition held at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence from October 3th to 29th, 2009. “Florence by Cy DeCosse is dedicated to the city of Florence and to the friends, artists and artisans that make this city a beacon of art and culture. For over fifty years Florence has been a muse to me. When I first arrived in Florence as a Fulbright student in 1954, the city was war-damaged, with bullet holes in walls and bridges destroyed, but with an unbroken spirit. Even as the Florentines struggled to provide daily necessities, they applauded Aida in the Boboli Gardens and rebuilt the Trinita Bridge stone by stone. I began my study of photography at the Institute of Art at Porta Romana with Maestro Renzo Maggini. From him I learned principles that still guide my work today. Since my student days, I have returned again and again to this city of art to draw inspiration from the creativity and craftsmanship which is everywhere in Florence”, (Cy DeCosse).