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Bronze 2019 Editorial / Conflict

The Calling of Saint Matthew

  • Photographer
    Valerio Nicolosi
  • Agency / Studio
    Valerio Nicolosi
  • Prize
    Bronze in Editorial / Conflict

The dinner of a Kurdish family traveling for 4 years. Lesvos, Athens, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia: a long journey for the 19 people who make up the family, with the hope of arriving in Germany. The photo was taken on the border between Bosnia and Croatia, the night before crossing the border, in a mountain refuge in an area full of anti-personnel mines from the Balkan war. The light recalls that of Caravaggio's "The Calling of Saint Matthew" and is composed only of the light of smartphones.

Valerio Nicolosi, filmmaker and photojournalist born in Rome in 1984, has always had a passion for photography and video. In 2008 he graduated with highest honours from the ‘Experimental Television Center’ in Rome. He collaboreted with the international press agency Reuters and leading Italian and european network and investigative journalism programs for which he has made many reportages on the issue of immigrants. He is based in Rome where he collaborates with Associated Press.