The New York basketball courts of Ludwig Favre

The New York basketball courts of Ludwig Favre

Giulia Ficicchia · 6 years ago · Photography

If in Italy one of the most known places where meet friends is the football field, for the American people it’s all about the basketball court.

Films have already taught us about it: it’s the ideal place to shake it off the tension, to talk about life, to receive advice and many more, it’s the place and the sport is a religion.

The French photographer Ludwig Favre couldn’t miss the chance to realize a series of photographs that collects the New York basketball courts.

Even if they seem similar, each one represents something different for the people who live it, who come back there, details that one has and the other hasn’t.

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Let’s go back to photographing like we used to

Let’s go back to photographing like we used to

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

Siamo una generazione di nostalgici, ammettiamolo. Nell’arco di vent’anni abbiamo assistito a talmente tanti cambiamenti che gli oggetti che facevano parte della nostra infanzia iniziano a mancarci. Ma non ci mancano solo gli oggetti, ci mancano i sapori, i momenti, i piccoli gesti che riuscivano a racchiudere un mondo di emozioni e ricordi. Uno di questi è sicuramente quello di scattare fotografie con la macchina fotografica. La macchina ben salda tra le due mani e l’indice della mano destra impegnato a premere il tasto per fotografare sono stati sostituiti dal pollice pronto a sfiorare lo schermo di uno smartphone. In pochi anni, un battito di ciglia, il mondo ha preso una forma strana, quella dei 9:16 degli schermi più piccoli. Ma quanto ci manca quel click a ogni scatto? E lo zoom girando la rotellina in alto a destra? Quanto ci mancano le foto in orizzontale?
A intercettare questo sentimento nostalgico sono stati Xiaomi e Leica che ancora una volta hanno unito le forze per realizzare un prodotto che forse, per la prima volta nella storia della telefonia, invece di essere uno smartphone con un buon apparato fotografico, è una macchina fotografica con smartphone integrato. Lo Xiaomi 14 Ultra unito al Photography Kit è l’oggetto giusto per farci ritrovare i gesti che abbiamo quasi dimenticato, senza però rinunciare alla qualità di oggi. 

“See The World In A New Light”, un progetto di Xiaomi e Leica

I più scettici diranno che uno smartphone non potrà mai sostituire una macchina fotografica. Proprio per questo motivo Xiaomi e Leica hanno coinvolto non uno, ma ben sette fotografi di sette paesi diversi lanciando loro una sfida: raccontare un tema esclusivamente attraverso le lenti dello Xiaomi 14 Ultra. Dalla street photography al ritratto, fino alla fotografia documentaria, i progetti nati da questa collaborazione sono caratterizzati da una qualità invidiabile da molti e sono stati presentati a Madrid lo scorso 11 aprile dagli stessi fotografi che hanno raccontato la loro esperienza e di come lo Xiaomi 14 Ultra sia riuscito ad andare incontro a tutte le loro esigenze, che si scattasse di giorno o di notte, a colori o in bianco e nero, fermi o in movimento. 

Maurice Pehle – Craftmenship (Germania)

Javier Corso – Taste (Spagna)

Rui Caria – Tradition (Portogallo) 

Fabien Ecochard – Vitality (Francia)

Emanuele Di Mare – Moments (Italia)

Vasilis Makris – Authenticity (Grecia)

Anto Magzan – Heritage (Croazia)

Si può mangiare con gli occhi?

Da Madrid, il nostro viaggio è continuato a Valencia dove è stato presentato un altro progetto ideato da Xiaomi con la collaborazione di Leica che ha visto coinvolti due protagonisti speciali: il fotografo spagnolo Javier Corso e Begoña Rodrigo, chef del ristorante La Salita, una stella Michelin. Corso e Rodrigo hanno lavorato fianco a fianco per raccontare la cucina in modo nuovo e rivoluzionario: ogni piatto del menù della chef è stato abbinato a una maestranza artigianale, e quindi a un materiale, che ritroviamo sia nell’impiattamento sia nei sapori. Se fino ad oggi pensavamo che fosse impossibile fotografare un sapore, dopo aver scoperto il progetto “Eating with your eyes” e aver provato di persona a scattare i piatti del menù de La Salita ne siamo un molto meno certi. 

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Torniamo a fotografare come una volta

Una volta collegata l’impugnatura per macchina fotografica allo smartphone (che fa anche da powerbank e si è rivelato molto utile stando fuori dalla mattina fino a sera), tornare a fotografare come una volta è stato un po’ come andare in bicicletta: è bastato solo uno scatto per ricordare tutto ciò che pensavamo di aver dimenticato.
Forse, se le nostre vecchie macchinette avessero avuto la qualità della modalità pro dello Xiaomi 14 Ultra non le avremmo mai abbandonate. Ora grazie a Xiaomi e Leica possiamo riassaporare il passato e il vero gusto della fotografia, ma guardando al futuro.

Tutte le fotografie sono state scattate con Xiaomi 14 Ultra

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Not your usual Granny

Not your usual Granny

Giorgia Massari · 2 days ago · Photography

“But what will you do with all the photos you take of me, one is enough for the cemetery, you know!” comments the grandmother of photographer Alessia Spina, who has made her the undisputed protagonist of her latest project. Nonnetta is the title of the photographic project that marks the transgenerational bond. An exploration of intimacy led by a granddaughter armed with an analog camera, rooted in her family and traditions. In Alessia Spina’s photographs, Nonna Elvira embodies the essence of all grandmothers, and through these images, we witness a tapestry of glances, laughter, gestures, tastes, acts of care, and daily rituals, each imbued with an emotional depth that challenges capture. Spina’s project will be on display in Milan from October 1st to 13th as part of the PhotoFestival at Via Laghetto 2.

Nonna Elvira represents not only herself but all grandmothers. She seizes life with both hands, savoring its joys and laughter. She is a safe harbor, much like her beloved San Benedetto del Tronto, her hometown. She is a drawer filled with goodness, to be opened when needed, when it’s cold outside and the world inside aches. She is a repository of memories, brimming with the unique flavors of her cannelloni and a fragrance that fills the mind and heart, soothing even the deepest wounds, much like Proust’s madeleine.

In the frames captured by Alessia Spina, we witness the eternal beauty of the transgenerational bond, a tapestry woven from the threads of love, memories, and the essence of family. Nonnetta is not just a photographic project; it is a testament to the power of love and the timeless connections that bind generations together.

Ph Credits Alessia Spina

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Davide Degano’s Romanzo Meticcio

Davide Degano’s Romanzo Meticcio

Collater.al Contributors · 1 day ago · Photography

Davide Degano‘s project, Romanzo Meticcio, will be on display at Liquida from May 3rd to 5th. It is an analysis of the Italian post-colonial condition as a fundamental element of the contemporary life of the Bel Paese. The aim is to express a critical attitude towards Italy’s fascist heritage of the past in favor of a careful analysis of its effects on today’s society. If the narrative created by the Italian state – since its unification – is based on the identification of places and people considered marginal, the issue is more complicated than expected. To navigate this complex and layered issue, Degano employs an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the need to consider the various marginalized categories in their co-presence and intersection rather than as separate entities.

Photography in the 1930s was a fundamental tool for justifying colonial policies and representing certain situations and people as marginal. Photographs thus became a performative act of exclusion. “Romanzo Meticcio” aims to create new imaginaries and cultural scenarios by questioning Italian identity to the core. With his work, Davide Degano aligns himself precisely in this direction, offering a critical and provocative look at Italian history and identity through an interdisciplinary work that embraces photography and narration.

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Giuseppe Scianna Shows Us A Turkey Still In Pieces

Giuseppe Scianna Shows Us A Turkey Still In Pieces

Giorgia Massari · 8 mins ago · Photography

More than a year has passed since the two quakes of magnitude 6.4 and 5.8 that struck Turkey’s Hatay province. The spotlight has now died down but citizens continue to struggle for survival in inhumane conditions that strain their dignity. There is one photographer, Italian and very young, Giuseppe Scianna, class of ’99, who has decided to document the current situation to once again highlight the conditions of these people. Scianna is a photojournalist based in Sicily, and at the center of his work are often the most difficult social issues. From environmental pollution to life in the suburbs, Scianna has also worked with various NGOs and received the Sony World Photography Awards 2022. But let’s find out more about this project titled Limited Residency.

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Ahmed and Treves tries to salvage what he can from what remains of his home. There is often little time because the Turkish state is advancing in the demolition of unsafe buildings.. Ekinci 2023.

«These regions – those of Turkey affected by the earthquake – are inhabited by about four million people, displaced in the various municipalities and other parts of the country, who often live in makeshift settlements lacking any kind of health care,» explains Giuseppe Scianna who chose this area of Turkey – specifically the city of Hatay – to carry out his recent photographic project Limited Residence. «About 70 percent of the injured people have some form of disability,» Scianna continues, «as they do not have access to sanitation, they live in inadequate facilities, and their dignity and right to health are put at risk by the authorities and humanitarian aid.»

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The biggest problem concerns access to toilets; the communal facilities are inaccessible to people with poor or no mobility. Unable to go to the latrines, many people with disabilities have to get help from caregivers or depend on diaper supplies. Tavla 2023.

Testimony and empathy

What Giuseppe Scianna shows us in his shots is a Turkey still in pieces. His gaze is always gentle, still as a photojournalist but with an empathy that emerges. Women, children, men-everyone, no one excluded-are the protagonists of this misfortune and of his shots, which highlight on the one hand the strength and adaptability of human beings, and on the other hand the injustice and disregard of the authorities for a situation that goes against basic human rights. Giuseppe’s speech is touching, so we want to report it in full, hoping it will help bring attention to the problem.

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Çerman inside his small car wash. He lost his house entirely. Now his job is at risk because the car wash’s structure is not in perfect condition, but he cannot give up his job because of the big crisis. The monthly state aid is very little and does not guarantee meals every day.

People are psychologically broken in a precarious government situation. Monthly aid from the state does not guarantee a meal a day, also blamed on the drastically increased inflation of the Turkish lira. People continue uninterruptedly to salvage what is left of their homes, there is no more day and night due to the endless work of house demolition that amounts to about 300 thousand structures. There are endless expanses of debris fed by thousands of trucks that form veritable mountains of pulped houses. Many children have been traumatized by all this, many schools have collapsed and have been replaced by tents with many recreations because of the heat they give off. The government has sent the military engineer to inspect all structures that have apparently remained standing, but the tendency has been to underestimate the damage, this probably to reduce economic exposure regarding housing reconstruction grants. While everything is proceeding into an uncertain future, the people are responding with a great strength of humanity and sharing.

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Giuseppe Scianna, Street scenes Serynol
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Street Scenes. Ekinci 2023
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Detail of a kitchen. Tavla 2023.
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Boulem inspects the property of some residents in the village of Tavla.
He is a civil engineer from Adana who has volunteered to inspect many houses with suitable instruments to ascertain the fitness of the structures. There are many, indeed almost all, one- and two-storey single-family structures that have suffered visible damage, with more or less large cracks, to which the residents do not want to return, largely because they fear further tremors. The government has sent the military engineer to check but apparently the tendency has been to underestimate the damage, probably to reduce the economic exposure for reconstruction subsidies. Owners of condemned or heavily damaged structures will be reimbursed 60 per cent of the cost by the state, and the remaining 40 per cent will be eligible for a 20-year interest-free loan. Tavla 2023.
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Guys in Ekinci district
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Sevcan inside her old room. She is a 39-year-old woman who lives in the Ekinci district inhabited by about 10,000 people located within the city of Antioch. This is the first time she has entered her room since that night of the earthquake to salvage what she could. Living with her family and two other sisters, she has now found accommodation in a tent not far from her old home.
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Two brothers embrace after feeling another earthquake tremor outside school
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Lunch inside an ironworks. Iron has become a much sought-after material for many people because it is considered very durable and safe. Large quantities are imported every day, especially from Adana and Istanbul, to meet the demands throughout Antioch. The owners work non-stop to meet the huge demand.

Ph credits and copyright Giuseppe Scianna

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