Franco Ferrari: the witness of hatred.
A reporter or a photographer ?
Franco Ferrari was both in its continuous wandering the dangerous
roads on the planet.
Telling the place of suffering, death, war , famine, and portray the
uncomfortable truth that most are not aware , it has never been easy
for anyone, either behind or in front of a lens to a camera or with
the pen and the notebook.
The reporter for more than thirty years he has chosen this
profession with a lot of human involvement and ' high risk involved
in going through a world of strong emotions .
Franco Ferrari is actually a journalist , but in all that time did
not disdain to take pictures with equal passion .
The mechanical means with which to work are reduced to a few lenses
and a way to resume the dramatic moments , topical and of
"normality" in difficult countries , it is immediate , punchy and
shrinks from any possible form of aesthetic appeal , and above all
without ever built fall
into self-righteousness .
His photographs are not always perfect in the composition or in the
cut, but it is a way of being able to see and reflect instantaneity
of ' event or situation in which it is located , which conditions
are often precarious .
We could define the ' essence of the report .
None of this is extremely important because that expose just enough
to make them extraordinary and manage to shake the conscience of
many for the ' intensity and the harsh reality that they can show .
Looking at his pictures one can not remain insensitive to the
stories that he lived and went on to describe for several decades.
The peculiarity of this greater photojournalist was to be at the
right place at the right time .
There 's armed struggle that has not followed , civil or military ,
and that it is his wealth of experience has become so vast after
spending most of his life all' foreign .
From the urban riots in Lebanon, the Palestinian training camps in
Bangladesh , Nepal , in the deserts with the oil wells set on fire
by the soldiers of Saddam Hussein on the run during the first Gulf
To then be the one between Iran and Iraq, among the remotest and
snow-capped mountains in search of the Afghan rebels tougher , the
line of demarcation between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the slimy trail
of Ho Chi Minh and finally to the devastated Somalia in the hands of
the Lords Islamic
But the '
list could go on .
Journalist for italian television , between a trip and another found
also the time to engage successfully in non-fiction, poetry and
painting with which he exposed numerous exhibitions beyond of '
He has received several major awards in the field of ' information ,
including Max and David 's special envoy for the Silver Seagull.
Franco Ferrari died in April
Ciad, 1981 Libanon, 1983
Laos, 1970 Burma, 1980
Afghanistan 1988 Libanon, 1985
All images are of Franco Ferrari ©.