There is a new emergency growing with the European crisis: the impossibility to have access to the health institutions by the economically weak categories.
To narrate this still not well known phenomenon, I have decided to travel to Spain and Greece, on the hearth of the Europe affected by the crisis where the continuous cuts to sanity dictated by the spending review have transformed a recovery, a medical visit and a simple medication, into luxury goods. The protagonists of this reportage are Laura, Thiago, Landi Fan, Eduardo, Chaoki, Elsa, Wilmer, Gian and Antonis. I’ve knocked to their doors and I’ve been welcomed on their houses with affection but also shame. For them it was difficult to narrate to an unknown person with a camera, the loss of their job and the impossibility to pay for the medical expenses to curate their wife’s cancer or the retroviral for HIV that can permit to see their daughter growing up. For me instead, it was difficult to accept that all of this is happening in my Europe, the Europe of Rights. I’ve shared with them an uncertainty of a future that continue to rise into my mind, still after having left behind me the doors of their houses.
"What is home to you? To me what is thought of as a traditional home (apartment, house, etc) is not my home, that will pass away one day like I will. Then I will go to the Other Side, that is my home to me.
P.S. I live my life with my future home in mind as I live in this temporary home, storing up wealth that can be spent only in my permanent home.”
The photographer Piero Martinello has won 2012 LUZ Fellowship with his work “Il libro dei radicali”. Thanks to this he’s creating a new project for which we ask your help: if you know a female figure that looks alike the women of the famous paintings by Piero della Francesca, please write to email@example.com; The faces selected will be photographed during a shooting at Circus Studio in Milan and will appear in the new book “Radicalis”.
You find references of the paintings on the following photos
"In my life Congo has been a blink of an eye. I was completely disoriented.
I only know that when I came back the first time I said: I hate it.
I hate Kivu. I hate the Interahamwe, the Hutu and Tutsi. The mud that makes the streets slippery as ice. I hate the holes deep as hell that brake my back. The smog that smothers me; the smell of corpse, of hunger, of misery combined at the smell of the wood that rises on the african sunrise, from the deepness of the Masisi mountains.
I hate fish and its pungent stench that permeate my nose, dresses and mouth.
I hate the black ground of Goma, hard as hate, darker than the darkness that surrounds it
I even hate mangos. Those fat mangos that fell from the sky of Uvira down on the tinplate roofing as bombs, during the sleep of the night.
I hate General Nkunda.
I hate MONUSCO, CNDP, FDLR and FARDC.
May God collapse on the magma of Nyiagongo.
I said this when I was just came back. And I really meant it.
It was 2009.”
Marco Gualazzini won the Getty Images Grants on ‘13 for his work M23-Kivu and he came back in Congo for the Coltan project.
Don’t miss the chance to have him as a teacher at LUZ Academy!
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“I’ve always been living in between of something. You call it present. And it is. But that just ‘cause it’s here, in the middle, that things happen. Today you see stuff in a place you won’t see tomorrow again. Never in the same way. Anyway. There is always a will in viewing things. And sometime, if you are lucky enough, they turn into emotions. And they come again and again as a new today. Just as another sunny day. In your hand a camera that can also be an iPhone. Or nothing at all. You need an excuse, just. To know you’re still alive, day after day, as long as you want to… To recall it as well. Or something like that.”
Nicolò Minerbi, teacher at LUZ Academy, from San Francisco.
- When I proposed for the first time my job to a photographic agency I was just graduated in architecture. They told me: “You are good but we make journalism, you need to go in the streets and tell the stories of the people”. I wasn’t waiting for anything else. Photography has become my language, an instrument to narrate and discover. Discover the others and myself.
"What attracts me the most of photography is mystery. The mystery that comes from places and from each person. Maybe, more than discovering it I like to show that it exists through my photos. I like to imagine that who looks at my photos builds his own story which merges with mine and with the one of the subject, everything tight from a subtle and flexible line.”
From January 2014 LUZ Academy will have as teacher also photographer Annette Schreyer. To learn from her and other teachers, submit your portfolio!
The innovative photographer Federico Ciamei will be teaching at LUZ Academy from January 2014:
- This photo is part of 80s SWM seeks LTR, a project about seniors that seeks for love on web appointments. From this portrait of a pilot of the american navy in pension, a phrase particularly touched me: ” My mind is always active…also during night I make vivid dreams, the ones happy and adventurous. -
Take the chance to learn from him and other photographers, submit to LUZ Academy!
A road destroyed by a terrible earthquake or a scenography of a science fiction movie? What’s the boundary between imaginary and reality? We are taken by surprise from the beauty of this post-atomic landscape in which few survivors, without any certainty, try to live their lives. The air seems mild and pure. Will it be the same also tomorrow? Anything seems changing but everything changes, on the landscapes, the cells and on the head of each person. How to narrate this survivals full of skepticism, unaware of the future that is waiting for them, dominated by the absolute uncertainty? How to examine a world at the mercy of circumstances where the ground below you and the “starry sky above you” seems to be always the same but never actually will be the same?
Massimo Mastrolillo will be teaching director of LUZ Academy
“Images are faster than photographers. The photos went out from the x-ray bag and they don’t travel anymore with us on the flight but on the web in the form of byte: we take – off and they “land”. We arrive later, we arrive seconds. Always. How to continue today to be the witnesses of our world when everyone goes everywhere, everyone is everywhere and take pictures of everything? What can we photograph still? To amaze with photography is still possible. Because, as master Mario Giacomelli used to say, photography is a simple thing. Provided that you have something to say.”
Alessandro Grassani, multi–awarded photographer, will be a teacher at LUZ Academy starting on January 2014.