The cover of this book significantly introduces you the tragedy occurred on April 6th 2009: a crack breaks through the roads surface while everything is shaking and nothing will ever be the same again. Piles of bricks, mounts of rubbles, moments in people lives suddenly interrupted. Just a few hours later hearing about the tragic earthquake photographer Bruno Tamiozzo leaves to l'Aquila on his motor scooter: by shooting right after the tragedy, he documents the ruins, the destroyed squares, the almost disappeared alleys, capturing the silence which followed the unexpected event. On a first glance, nothing but an internal desolation comes from Bruno's images. But on a closer look, a glimpse of light can be seen. A hint of intimacy in a old sleepless man's kitchen, or in a two young partners warm bed, or just a little further, on a baby changing-table surrounded by little colored soft toys saved from the cataclysm. Hundreds of plain stories that had got important through the power of despair. Tamiozzo know he must do something to help, to react to the disarrangement he feels, and he does so by using his camera. He announces his challenge on the most popular social network, looking for publisher on the same wavelength willing to embrace the project. The answer comes from small Publishing House called "Romano Editore" that renounced to any earning, while a Printing House called "Filograph" reduced their rates to the minimum. That's how the project and book "Abruzzo" was born first book of the series "Insieme". All the money raised from the selling of "Abruzzo" will be donated to the village of "SanGregorio" (L'Aquila), destroyed by earthquake.
The foreword of the book it was written by Dario Coletti Photographer, coordinator of the Italian Masters in photojournalism at the Higher Institute of Photography in Rome.
"BEYOND THE AIR WE BREATHE"
Addressing Climate Change
Photography in the hands of great artists can trasmit a visual message that can make an impact, like no other medium.
A single still image is capable of saying something so profound that its effect is undeniably felt by all people. The artistic expression may be an individual one, but an image can be universally understood, and resonate around the world.
We have called upon renowned photographers, who have dedicated their lives to document melting icebergs, drought water, waste and air pollution and the undeniable effects it has had on our planet. It is a condensed, compassionate plea through their lenses, of the effects of climate change.
Their images may be startlingly beautiful, which can complicate the horrific message they convey, but look beyond the amazing artistry and try to understand the subliminal ideas within these framed works.
Beyond the Air We Breathe: Addressing Climate Change exhibits the visible, damaging air pollution around the globe. The concern is growing for the air we, and our children, breathe and the different forms of air pollution captured to varying extents in these photographs.
"CLIMATE SMART EVOLUTION"
Climate Smart Evolution is a choral editorial product that combines photographic art, scientific value and qualified statements provided by experts involved - under different titles and roles - in the fight against climate change.
The project aims to raise awareness on a number of issues, including climatic emergencies, environmental sustainability, green and circular economies, energy issues, and to facilitate the dissemination of information.
Through the 40 featured images - taken by world famous photographers - and the text that accompany them - which is the result of passionate research in the fields of sustainability, scientific and applied research, public policy and good practices - we have intended to create an intimate, emotional and formative journey - with no prejudice or ideological goals - which include all the values of our work, carried out in strict connection between people and institutions.
The photographic section presents many of the images which were part of the Addressing Climate Change Legacy exhibition curated by Hossein Farmani for the Heads of State during COP 21, the climate conference held in Paris in 2015. They are images that testify what is happening in the world today; the huge accumulation of waste in the Chinese dumps, the agony of animals at risk of extinction, the wrecks of houses hit by the Sandy hurricane, the crows that in the center of Tokyo build nests with metal hangers instead of natural twigs.
Some of the images are powerful and distracting, others convey strong messages of hope about human potential, the nature's ability to self-repair and adapt, the immense patrimony of landscapes and resources that the world presents. Photography as a universal language can, more effectively that other communication media, transmit a message that can leave a significant impact on the spectator. The artistic expression is individual, but the image itself can communicate an amplified message that finds a resonance in the eyes of the observing world.
The 80 experts, whose statements are hereby collected, come from a network of qualified operators who are carriers of qualitative and quantitative interests in the fields of green economy, decision making and politics.
"30° GRUPPO NAVALE"
"Il Sistema Paese in Movimento"
(30th Italian Naval Group - Country on the Move)
The 30th Naval Group, composed by aircraft carrier Cavour, supply ship Etna, frigate Bergamini and patrol ship Borsini, left Italy the 13th of November 2013, setting sail towards the Suez canal to start a Naval Campaign across the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and the Arabic Gulf, ending with the circumnavigation of Africa.
The Naval Group returned to Italy the 8th of April 2014, after 147 days and after having sailed more than 18.000 nautical miles – about 36.000 kilometers – and having visited 20 different nations, with 21 port visits.
Overall, considering the 4 ships of the Naval Group, more than 1.200 sailors and marines, including about 100 women, participated in the Campaign. It is a unique mix of hearts, minds and hands, that working together and in synergy with the personnel from nonprofit charity organizations, from the Volunteer Nurses of the Italian Red Cross and Red Crescent and from several Italian companies, are showing the world what Italy can do, displaying products and capabilities of excellence not only in the military world and in the industrial field, but also in the humanitarian one, therefore reflecting the genius, the will power, the building capabilities of the Italian people, as well as their compassion for those belonging to the poorest areas of the world.
Cit. (Italian Navy).
"SODOM AND GOMORRAH"
Agbogbloshie dumpsite in Ghana’s capital, Accra, is one of the main hubs for electronic waste (e-waste) disposal in West Africa, particularly from old computers and computer monitors. Since the late 1990s, countries around the globe have been sending millions of tons of e-waste to be processed each year on the site, which is home to more than 40,000 people. Men, women, and a significant amount of children, with no protection, attempt to recover power supply housings, circuit boards, wires and small capacitors by crudely breaking, smashing or burning discarded circuit boards, cathode ray tubes, and other discarded electronics. After anything of value has been stripped away, the bulk is then dumped, untreated, into unlined pits and waterways. Other than the shards of broken glass and metals, the main pollutants come directly from the black smoke that reports say hover over the dump all day, everyday. The smoke is mostly from piles of copper cables that are lit on fire to burn the plastic coatings off. In order to keep the fires burning, old car tires are also added to the flames. In 2009, PBS cited the Korle Lagoon as "one of the most polluted bodies of water on earth." In 2011, the BBC reported that over seven million containers of e-waste are exported each year from the United Kingdom, alone. Many of the recyclers are young adults, with children scavenging in the area.
Health effects already seen include lowered IQs in children due to lead exposure, nervous system diseases from mercury, and even effects from high levels of cadmium exposure. Elevated levels of toxins have been discovered in the soil and air, as well as in local water sources and food samples. Work has been underway since 2008 to introduce hand and mechanized wire-stripping tools.
"I COLORI DEL SUONO" (The Colors of Sound)
The colors of sound is the title of the photographic book edited by Guido Bellachioma for "Beer Station" which collects images of five years of concerts (from 2004 to 2009) held in the club. 112 pages in full color on glossy paper.
In the book there are images of artists such as::
Tommy Emmanuel, Devon Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Marty Friedman, Steve Hackett, Richie Kotzen, Adrian Belew, Steve Hogarth, Uli Jon Roth, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, Greg Howe, Joe Louis Walker, Tony Levin, Billy Sheehan, Billy Cobham, Carl Palmer, Albert Lee, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons.