Felix H. Man was intent on showing “the dictator’s true colours”. In 1931 he travelled to Rome for the illustrated weekly ‘Münchner Illustrierte Presse’. Having passed several security checks, the photojournalist was admitted to Mussolini’s imposing study. Twenty-five metres lay between the photographer and his subject: a distance that makes the head of state appear tiny. For an entire day, the photographer accompanied Mussolini with his camera: on a morning ride, to business audiences and on a trip to the seaside. Two years later, in 1933, Mussolini refused to meet Man again.