International photojournalism

Misplaced paradise
An oasis (almost) untouched by 30 years of war

The Soviet tanks are still scattered among the hills of paradise. They have been there for the past 30 years, since the last Soviet soldier left Afghanistan, and they'll probably be for a long time. Band-e-Amir is a mountainous region 170 km west of Kabul and about 50 km west of the Bamyan valley, w more
Swimming over troubled waters

Camp Shorabak is a forward operating base of the Afghan National Army in the south-west of the country, in a hostile area where fire exchanges with the Taliban insurgents and IED attacks along the roads are business as usual. In summer, the temperature hits 60 degrees celsius, the landscape is deser more
The princess of the Andes

Vicuna's wool is the fiber of the rich. It is worn by the wealthiest men on earth, the only ones who can afford a coat worth thirty thousand dollar. Five centuries ago, there was only one man in the world who had the right to wear it: it was the Inca king, the ruler of the immense Andean empire. The more
Southern Sudan
Christians in Southern Sudan

An Arab and Islamic society in the north of the country, a black and Christian one in the south: with this simplistic scheme the Sudanese civil war used to be described abroad. Reality, however, is much more complex and rich in nuances, although during the civil war - from 1982 to 2005 - the Catholi more
Happy magic water

Beijing Olympic aquatic centre, known as the Water Cube, where superstar Michael Phelps won eight gold medals, has recently re-opened as Asia's largest indoor water park and is pulling in new crowds. Only those, of course, who can afford the very expensive tickets starting at 200 yuan for adults and more
Nagorno Karabakh
The Limbo Nation
A forgotten drama

Nagorno Karabakh is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus, lying between Lower Karabakh and Zangezur, covering the southeastern range of the Lesser Caucasus mountains. In 1991 its inhabitants decided for independence, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But, unluckily, they never rec more
Red Classic dining

"Welcome, dear comrades! We are all serving the people wholeheartedly,"shouts a girl with her hair tied in two red ribbons. She is dressed in a green uniform and and she carries a green bag printed with a portrait of Chairman Mao. It is not a scene from the 1960s, nor a movie, but part of the servic more
The desperates of the shipwrecks

Once upon a time, Perama, a suburb of Athens, used to be the flagship among the Greek shipyards. This area has now become a memento of a crisis which brought the whole country down to its knees. Nearly 90% of the qualified workers in the public dockyards have lost their jobs. Young people are the mo more
L'Aquila. Living among the rubble

On April 6th 2009 a dreadful earthquake struck L'Aquila. Since that day the Old Town has been declared off limits to everyone. Those who lived in the so called Red Zone could never come back, it was too dangerous. Still today, only those who hold a special permission from the local authorities are a more
Lima lifestyle

Unexpectedly, over the past few years, the Peruvian capital has become a trendy metropolis. Thanks to a revisiting of the traditional cuisine in a fusion key and kitchen stars such as Gaston Acurio, Lima is experiencing a moment of fashionable popularity without precedents. It’s even transforming it more
The last survivor of Tibhirine

Father Jean-Pierre was the custodian monk of the monastery during the kidnapping and killing of the seven monks of Tibhirine, in Algeria, on March 1996. Together with father Amedee, they were the only survivors of the slaughter which, after 15 years, is still shrouded in mystery. But the memory of T more
Baghdad - The last supper

I recently developed photographs of people I never met, all shot in the same place in Baghdad, in 2003. The place was a panoramic restaurant on top of Saddam International Tower. I went there a few days after the war started. The tower was intact, but the building at the base had been torn apart by more
South East Asia
Kashmir - Sufi, the mystics of Islam

Between India and Pakistan, in the forgotten region of Kashmir, the sufi sect keeps alive some of the most fascinating traditions in the Islamic world, dating back to the Muslim conquer of the region, in 14th century. Before and after prayer, the sufis, devout Muslims, have the habit of reciting end more
Western Sahara
Saharawi, the Wall of Shame

Peoples without land, a State without a nation. And a wall, 2,700 km of sand and stones, which for the past 35 years has kept a territory (Western Sahara) from its people (the Saharawi). This wall of walls is like a jagged scar: four, five, six piles which run parallel to each other in the Sahara De more
North Korea
Inside the utopia

An exceptional reportage from the heart of the impenetrable kingdom of Kim Jong Il, the absolute dictator of the most totalitarian state on the planet. The country has been completely isolated from the rest of the world, anchored to a rigid pseudo-socialist ideal and founded on the most maniacal cul more
South Korea
Yin-Yang Land

A double-sided country: on side A, the modernity of the metropolises, the frenzy of the third millennium, technological development, an obsession for fitness which counterbalances the ever-present junk food with which an ever more westernised society nourishes itself. On side B, the refinement of Co more
International photojournalism