Giulio Di Meo (Capua, 1976) is an Italian freelance photographer particularly involved in social reportage. Giulio is unusual in that he carries out his projects independently and does not work for agencies or magazines. He sees photography a tool for informing and reporting and as a personal, social and political instrument of change. “The photography I love and that I love to make”, he says, “is what I like to call social photography. It is a photography of struggle, anger and indignation, but also of love, passion and hope….a photography full of an intense humanity.” For the last ten years, Giulio has been working to promote a new approach to photography through workshops and presentations in Italy and abroad. He is convinced that a reporter should not only document stories but should also act concretely and seek direct engagement with the realities he or she encounters. Since 2003, he has been working on the project “Riflessi Antagonisti” (Antagonistic Reflections), a work dealing with Latin America and the exploitation of the resources of those countries, while in 2006 he began work on “Obiettivo Sahrawi” (Objective Sahrawi), which documents living conditions in refugee camps. His reportage work includes: “Riflessi Cubani” (Cuban Reflections); “Tra cielo e terra” (Between Heaven and Earth), recounting stories of everyday life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro; “Casa Luzzi vive (“Casa Luzzi is alive”), regarding the occupation by 350 immigrant families of a former hospital in Florence; “Fiori di strada” (Roadside flowers) about the prostitutes of Bologna; “Rocinha”, concerning a favela in Rio de Janeiro; and Dandara, the story of an urban occupation in Belo Horizonte in Brazil. In 2007, the Italian association ARCI asked him to produce the book “Cinquant’anni di sguardi”, which documented the work done by the various local branches of the organization. Over the years he has realized exhibitions, calendars, posters and held many conferences to fundraise in support of a wide range of social projects. Di Meo has listened a great deal and made a lot of photographs, driven by the hope that time and history, which tend to reward only the winners, will not forget those other moments that passed by quietly. He shines a light on these moments and through them seeks to arouse indignation at injustices.
Father Dario Bossi is a Combonian missionary who emigrated from the Alpine foothills of Italy to the Pre-Amazon region of the state of Maranhão in northeastern Brazil. Since 2007 he has lived in Açailândia, a welcoming land full of life and warmth, but impoverished by aggressive strategies for economic growth. Father Bossi did his first missionary work in the outskirts of São Paulo, and after some time spent working with young people in Italy, he returned to Brazil, devoting himself to promoting peace, social justice and the environment. In 2010, he published the book “The price of iron”, written with Francesco Gesualdi, which describes the misdeeds of an iron multinational and the community’s response and resistance to it.
Francesco Gesualdi (Foggia, 1949) is an Italian activist. In his youth he was a pupil of Don Milani at the Barbiana school. He coordinates the activities of the Centro Nuovo Modello di Sviluppo (The New Development Model Center) in Pisa, a documentation center whose mission is to tackle environmental and social imbalances throughout the world. Francesco Gesualdi has published several books and articles regarding human rights violations, the exploitation of child labor, the power of corporations, the job crisis, poverty, the energy problem, the Third World debt and pollution and the destruction of the ecosystem.
As a proponent of critical consumption and sustainable development, he seeks to promote a revolution in lifestyle and economics. Francesco collaborates with the magazine Altreconomia (Another economy) and founded the Lilliputian network together with Alex Zanotelli. In the book “Dalla parte sbagliata del mondo” (From the wrong side of the world), he tells the story of his life and his battles to Italian journalist Lorenzo Guadagnucci. In 2011, he published the novel “I fuorilega del nordest” where he addresses the issue of xenophobia and “I mercanti della notizia”, an analysis of the families and the institutions who hold economic and political power in Italy.