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IPhoneography: reflections on the photographic means and language. It's been a bit since the first mobile phone allowed everyone to take a pict… Read More
IPhoneography: reflections on the photographic means and language. It's been a bit since the first mobile phone allowed everyone to take a picture and since then, as for many things, technology has advanced and the photographic means have reached characteristics unimaginable till a few years ago. The big brands of the photographic sector announced the birth of the smaller "mirrorless" cameras; mobile phone cameras boast more and more megapixel, as well as the possibility to add external lenses. Where will these two boosts meet up? What will be the photographic means of the next future? Earlier or later also the supporters of the photographic film or Photoshop should start thinking about the qualities of photographic expression because photography still remains tied to whom takes the picture and what he/she wants to communicate and not, at least not only, to the photographic means. In reportage photography, for example, this reflection has already started: if well-known photographers like David Guttenfelder have told the war in Afghanistan with an Apple mobile, if war reporters like Michael Christopher Brown were able to tell the latest riots in Libya with an iPhone, it means that something is changing. I think that the iPhone, earlier and more widely than other smartphones, has managed to hold great capabilities: a small object you can always take with you, that allows to "enter" where a reflex would surely be more “noticed" and in many ways less accepted. An object that has the possibility to manage images and send them to editorial offices in real time and, last but not least, notwithstanding the lens of the camera is of low quality, the megapixels of the sensor instead allow to print also in big formats. In addition there are thousands of "App" that allow to directly process the shots and in a creative way, without needing to move them to other supports: even IPhoneography was born. There is also another aspect that makes me think. At the beginning of photography, there was a ritual of exposure and release, of lab exercises and alchemies that gave an unique character to the produced image. Digital cameras made disappeared this "sensation of uniqueness". I think that iPhoneography, together with the new technologies, has probably given new life to this sensation of “uniqueness”. Maybe it’s just an illusion, maybe we should inquire deeply, however it’s for sure that a new photographic language, that made things so “communicating” in contemporary photography, is rising. "Africa through iPhone" started two years ago: it is a wide photographic project whose aim is to mix reality and the stories of a Continent with the new photographic language to create images firmly palpable and communicating: they are real-time postcards from Africa. All images have been conceived and taken with an iPhone 3Gs and 4G, later processed with the applications for iPhone and uploaded to the reference photography portals with the mobile. Read Less
Africa through iPhone 2010-2011
Malawi, Zambia, Mozambico, Tanzania e Kenya (2010-2011)

The dawning of photography had a ritual of exposures and clicks, laboratory exercises and alchemies that gave the reproduced image a distinctive feature. Nowadays, with digital cameras, we have tools and devices at our disposal that in many ways made disappear that sensation of uniqueness.
I believe that the “iPhoneography”, which is the art of taking pictures with an iPhone, together with new technologies, has probably made this uniqueness possible.
It might just well be a modest illusion and maybe we should investigate further but it’s certain that a new photographic language has born and has rendered contemporary photography so communicative.
Africa through iPhone is a wide photographic project tending to combine the reality and the stories of a continent with this new photographic language in order to create tangible and communicative images.
Malawi. How to make Africa smile? "Although governed by the elderly, Africa is a young continent. Half of its population is under 16 and more than 70% were born after independence. The free-born tend to blame the actual Government and not the ancient colonialist for the present conditions. As young people grow up and begin to vote, their choice will fall on pragmatic leaders whom Africa needs. That is the hope". The Economist

Malawi. Resources. Everyday life on the benches of the Malawi Lake depends on local renewable resources. A natural treasure at risk that for many reasons must be defended.
Malawi. In the Chewa tradition, during the funeral ceremony, the body is placed near the fire to keep away the spirits.
Tanzania. A gift for the Emperor. In 1415, at the gates of the forbidden City, the Chinese emperor waited for the arrival of his vessels from Africa that transported, as gift for him, a giraffe. Europeans "rediscovered" Africa nearly a century afterwards.
Zambia. Green Gold is the term that Malawians use for the nation of tabacco, Malawi is one of the main tobacco's producer in the world, but in the country there are no Sigarette factory.
Malawi. Annette is “praying” that the grindstone will produce flour. She’s got up early this morning, and like many other children she crossed the fields with her mum to get to the grindstone and come back with some flour.
“Sometimes it seems like I am able to reach beyond the frame and project the power of the look to express such strong emotions”
Tanzania.The silence of the stares. Beyond the veil the silence of the stares represents the segregation of sexes in a society where old forms of supremacy still lead to the exclusion of the woman.
Tanzania. Loxodonta africana. Each elephant killed by poacher is worth about €30,000 for its ivory. Each year 40,000 elephants are killed and tons of ivory are headed towards the Chinese and the Japanese markets. In 10, maybe 15 years the African elephant will disappear.
Tanzania. Illusion. The illusion that modernity may erase the beauty of a timeless means of transport.
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam: Hijab. "hat they may be distinguished and not be harassed" Quran: verse 59, ch. 33.
Tanzania. De-tribalization. Silhouettes ingrained in a scene in which they don’t actually belong are forced to renounce their traditional life towards a new urban condition.