Argentina - along the Parana' river

Japan - traditions and people


Colombia - the journey of a coal stone

St Ives

Refugees and mental health

Carnevale di Viareggio

Life in the Shadow of Grenfell

Costa Rica Cloud Forest

World Cup 2018


Behind the scenes in Vatican City

Hello Cazenove

Palio di Siena

Eyewitness: The Guardian's centre page

The Arts

Versus Arthritis

A story in Lampedusa

Migrants: South of Italy

Kedrion Biopharma

Calais camp

Tsukiji Tokyo fish market


Politicians and Business

I'm Hackney

Age UK: I can see into your eyes

V&A Museum

Theatre Royal Plymouth

The National Lottery Campaign 20th Anniversary

Maizuru Shipyards, Japan

Extraordinary People

Augustea Shipping Company

Snam: a garden in the network

Argentina - along the Parana' river

The mighty Paraná River flows for 4,880 kilometres through much of central South America, eventually emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

It is second in length only to the Amazon River among South American rivers. The name Paraná is an abbreviation of the phrase "para rehe onáva", which comes from the Tupi language and means "like the sea" .

My journey followed the movement of the cereal crops and the communities, traditions and cities reshaped by the agricultural industry: from the harvesting in 'La Pampa' to the river ports near Rosario till the 'barrio' of La Boca in Buenos Aires

The fertile open plains of the Pampas

Corn harves

Soya harvest. Argentina is one of the world's top producers

The area of San Antonio de Areco

Sunrise over the Parana' river

Boys dipping in the Parana' near the town of Ramallo

The Boliche Bessort in San Antonio de Areco

The wall of the Boliche Bessort are lined with old photographs depicting the gaucho heritage of the town


The traditional 'Corrida de Sortija': a ring is suspended between two poles and participants must gallop at full pelt and snare the ring

A gaucho checks and cleans his horse's tack in a barn at Estancia el Ombu' de Areco

A gaucho showcasing his special relantionship with his horse

San Antonio de Areco

San Antonio de Areco

Puerto Madero and the famous 'Women's bridge' in the background. This is the newest areas of BA built on the old docks

'Women's bridge'

La Boca (the river's mouth) is a neighbourhood in Buenos Aires grew up from a collection of shipyards

The street of La Boca are filled with murales, some are political like this one depicting mothers looking for their children gone missing during the dictatorship of 1976-1983

La Boca

Japan - traditions and people

From Tokyo to Tomonoura, from the city to the small fishing villages and the small islands between the Honshu and Shikoku, in search of some of the many traditions that make Japan such a special place.

the Hanasajiki garden on the Island of Awaji

the Hanasajiki garden on the Island of Awaji

At the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto, Honshu, a collection of statues of the Buddhist deity Jizo offers comfort o those who have lost children

a tunnel of Torr gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. The gates symbolise the transaction from the profane to the sacred


on the street of Kobe

The famous Itsukushima Shrine

Monk at Fugen-in buddhist temple in Mount Koya

A ceremony held twice a year inside the Oyamazumi shrine. Any sea captain and sailor traditionally visit this temple once on their life time to be blessed

part of the ceremony, where a Sumo fighter re-enact the endless fight between Human kind and Gods. God's pleasure in victory will result in an abundant rice harvest

A view from the top on Mount Shirataki in Innoshima Island. The '500 Buddhas', which in reality are more than 700



Shibuya, Tokyo




Tomonoura fishing village

Tomonoura is the place where the famous director Miyazaki lived for a few months and that gave him the inspiration to draw 'Ponyo on the Cliff'

Inside the Fukuzenji temple in Tomonoura, been voted one of the best ten view in Japan

Fukuzenji temple

Fish are hung up to dry in the wind and sunshine as a from of preservation


Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population

Marc Quinn's giant baby sculpture, titled Planet, in Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Barrage

Barrage on the Bay fountain of the Marina Barrage


The Cloud Mountain in the Cloud Forest Conservatory, part of the Gardens by the Bay located on the shore of the Marina Reservoir

A view of the Marina Bay Sands from the Gardens by the Bay

The Port of Singapore is the busiest transshipment port in the world

Litte India's Tekka Centre

the market in Little India

Inside the Sri Mariamman Temple during the annual 'timiti' fire walking festival

Inside the Sri Mariamman Temple during the annual 'timiti' fire walking festival

The financial district

The financial district

The Island of Sentosa is the southernmost point of Asia

The Island of Sentosa is the southernmost point of Asia

The Island of Sentosa is the southernmost point of Asia

Colombia - the journey of a coal stone

Coal is still the primary fuel for power generation across the world. Colombia is the fourth-largest producer.
I visited Pribbenow open-pit mine, which is one of the largest open-pit in the world.
The operation lies in La Loma, Cesar, east of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range in northern Colombia.
After being sorted on site the coal begins its journey from land to sea. The 150km track lead from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to the new port in Ciénega where the coal is loaded into ships.

Local fishermen and the indigenous peoples that still ives inside the Sierra are indeed affected by the industrial developments. If coal mining has lifted large parts of the country out of poverty, the heavy industry is responsible for a dramatic environmental impact.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains are home to around 30,000 indigenous peoples, made up of four distinct but related tribes – the Kogi, the Arhuaco, the Kankuamo and the Wiwa.

They have lived there since the Pre-Columbian era and they maintain and very similar life style to their Tairona ancestors, living in stone and thatch huts, worshiping Aluna (a.k.a. Mother Nature), and viewing the Earth as a living being and humanity as its children.
Their consider themselves living at the "Heart of the World" and their duty is to protect the sacred mountain. In 1990 they came out of isolation and decided to speak out to the rest of the world - so called younger brother - suggesting modern culture was destroying the balance of the world

Pribbenow open-pit mine

The 150km track lead from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to the new port in Ciénega

Local fishermen cast their nets into the lagoon at Ciénega Grande se Santa Marta, Colombia's largest marshland

Ciénega Grande is part of the delta of the Magdalena River

Tasajera fish market in Puebli Viejo, a village situated on the precariously thin spit that divides the Caribbean from the marshland

Local seller in Santa Marta

Santa Marta

Inside the Sierra Nevada with a Kogi family

St Ives

St Ives is a town in Cornwall, England, known for its surf beaches and mainly for its art scene.

The landscape around St Ives is varied and creates a very specific interplay of light. That specific light has attracted some of the greatest artists like Turner, Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, Henry Moore, Henry Irving and Whistler which have all lived in St Ives.

Now world-famous as an art centre, St Ives has many studios and galleries all over the town. The acclaimed Tate St. Ives, opened its doors in 1993 and is part of the Tate Gallery in London

the harbour with the low tide

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden
30: Four-square walk through, 33: Two forms (divided circle)

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden view from Tregenna Hill

The Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach known as the "Father of British studio pottery"

Market Place

Porthmeor studios, the Maritime artist by Mark Dion

Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives
Gallery 8 : modern art and St ives

Porthmeor studios, Felicity Mara's studio

Porthmeor beach, the view from the terrace of the Tate

Refugees and mental health

displacement and suspension

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed deserts, the snows of the Alps, or Balkan forests carrying the weight of similarly traumatic events, to find a new life in an increasingly inhospitable Europe. Once they get there – if they do – how do they begin to process the painful experiences that prompted their journeys?
Depression, PTSD, anxiety, self-harming, insomnia and panic attacks are among the growing mental health issues faced by asylum seekers who find themselves trapped in fear and uncertainty in Europe. In camps on the outskirts of major cities, or in safe houses, or on the pavements of European capitals, a million people await their destiny. Aid groups such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been forced to step in to provide psychiatric care for this population of often highly disturbed people.

The sense of displacement and suspension are the main elements that come across when talking to any asylum seeker.
The uncertainty of their condition, the inability to work, to know if and when they will gather official documentation, to know if they could stay and settle or once again disappear in the shadow and continue their journey. Many have been talking about 'facing a second war', a physiological war, which is more complex than an actual one.

Commissioned by the Guardian and MSF I travelled to 4 different cities in Europe (Belgrade, Athens, Brussels and Gothenburg) focusing on the 'second stage' of the integration process. Rather than visiting camps I focused in big cities and met people that have been living in cities context for months or years

Moona, 33, Iran, Belgrade
Before undergoing gender reassignment surgery, Moona, 33, lived as a male professor in Iran. She was married and a had a daughter. Iran does not tolerate homosexuality, but it does allow its citizens to undergo state-subsidised gender reassignment surgery. At the beginning of 2015, tired of living as a man, Moona signed up. She was eventually fired and forced to leave the country in 2018. Tormented by panic and anxiety attacks, she now lives in a safe house for vulnerable people in Belgrade, Serbia

Moona, 33, Iran, Belgrade
Before undergoing gender reassignment surgery, Moona, 33, lived as a male professor in Iran. She was married and a had a daughter. Iran does not tolerate homosexuality, but it does allow its citizens to undergo state-subsidised gender reassignment surgery. At the beginning of 2015, tired of living as a man, Moona signed up. She was eventually fired and forced to leave the country in 2018. Tormented by panic and anxiety attacks, she now lives in a safe house for vulnerable people in Belgrade, Serbia

Asadi, 45, Iran, Belgrade
For two years, Asadi, 45, his wife, Latifa, 28, and their two children lived in a migrant camp in Bulgaria, where aid groups have repeatedly reported abuse and humiliation at the hands of the police. The family, who escaped Iran in 2015, eventually arrived in Serbia in 2018. Asadi began to suffer from a tremor in his hand. After a series of tests, the doctors diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease. Asadi does not accept this diagnosis, and other doctors have not excluded the possibility it may be caused by stress

Ahmad, 16, Afghanistan, Belgrade
Ahmad fled Afghanistan as a child, after seeing his father murder his mother and sister. When he reached Iran, like many Afghan children he found himself homeless, and lived on the streets for two years. He arrived in Belgrade in 2018. He suffered from depression, self-harming and has tried to end his life a few times. He attends school and spends much of his time drawing the faces of the migrants he meets in the Médecins Sans Frontières clinic. His dream is to exhibit portraits in the city’s galleries

Azar, 16, Iran, Belgrade
Azar was separated from his father after they left Iran in 2018. ‘I’ve been through a lot, too much. My head is still dealing with many of the things I’ve seen.’ He tried to reach Croatia from Bosnia but was caught by the police. He ended up in Belgrade, Serbia, where he makes hamburgers on the street for €350 (£317) a month. His hair has begun to turn grey and he struggles to control his fits of rage

Arghavan, 46, Iran, Athens
Arghavan was part of a communist movement in Teheran and had to leave suddenly after her political leader was arrested. She hasn’t seen her son, who travelled with her before leaving for Germany, for a year, and her daughter for two years. Arghavan’s days are spent walking her dog, visiting an MSF doctor for the diabetes she has developed and attending monthly counselling sessions. ‘I wanted to be what I am, an atheist and a feminist, and all of that I found in communism,’ says the former driving instructor. ‘Today I feel like a mouse in a trap.’

Barshank and Pinar, Syrian, Athens.
They are two young Syrian Kurdish gay men, who were best friends in Syria, having grown up in the same small village. They lost touch when the war started and few years later they found each other in Athens, Greece

Maha, 23, Syria, Athens
Maha has three children, aged four, two and four months. She lives in Athens. A former nurse, Maha arrived in Greece ahead of her husband, Hussein. She may have escaped the bloody conflict that has engulfed her country but, 18 months after reaching Europe, she is still captive to it. ‘I feel as if I am living the war all over again, although this time it is a war that is fought within the four walls of my apartment, a psychological war that inhabits my mind.’ She plans to write a book about the suffering of refugees

Mohammed, 36, Afghanistan, Brussels
Suicidal thoughts have tormented Mohammed since he arrived in Belgium. He left his wife and two daughters in Afghanistan after his father-in-law, who did not approve of their marriage, killed his father and sister before his eyes. ‘They killed my family in the space of five minutes,’ he says. They would have killed him too, but he miraculously survived a bullet. Today, he lives in Brussels, but it is far from how he had imagined Europe. He says he was repeatedly beaten and stripped by Belgian and French policemen, and had a police dog set on him, to frighten him

Abdul Salam, 26, Yemen, Brussels
Abdul’s home city was destroyed by Saudi bombs, leaving him with nowhere to consider home. His extraordinary journey took him from Yemen to Malaysia, then on to Sudan, Armenia, Mali and Morocco. He was eventually transferred to Madrid and then in March 2018 arrived to the migrant camp on the outskirts of Brussels. He suffers from sleeping disorders and panic attacks. He has had one asylum request rejected and Belgium threatened to send him back to Spain. While he prepares to reapply, all he can do is walk the streets and wait for something to change

Muntaser, 30, Darfur, Brussels
Aged 13, Muntaser witnessed children and women being killed in front of him in Darfur. He was held in prison and tortured for months after being accused of supporting opposition forces. In March 2016 he left southern Sudan, crossed the desert and arrived in Libya. After some months, Muntaser boarded a dinghy bound for Sicily and then headed for the Alps. He suffers from PTSD and now lives in Brussels

Ridouane, Morocco, Brussels,
Rid is a gay young man from Morocco. He has been living and studying in Brussels for over 5 years and now he is still waiting for an official refugee status

Zekrollah, 20, Afghanistan
Two autumns ago, after hearing that Sweden was about to send thousands of Afghans home, Zekrollah left the migrants’ camp and headed for the woods, where he tried to kill himself. Zekrollah, Afghan-born but raised in Iran, left Tehran in 2013, when he was 14. His life since has become an ordeal. He was arrested because he didn’t have documents, beaten by the police and forced to clean the prison officers’ washroom. He crossed the Balkans, spending his nights in the woods. Since 2016, he has been waiting for Sweden to recognise his refugee status

Carnevale di Viareggio

The Carnival of Viareggio in Tuscany is one of Italy’s most spectacular street events. It has taken place since 1873. It fills a month of day and night festivities with parades of allegorical floats, parties and masked balls.

I have photographed the last 4 editions of the Carnival, focusing on the preparation and everyday life in the Cittadella. The "Cittadella del Carnevale", which opened in 2001, is an extraordinary architectural complex dedicated to the creation and preservation of the carnival, and is where the floats are prepared on the morning of the parade.

The carnival is a competition between all the floats and masquerades, and at stake are the honour and livelihoods of many people.

The main raw material of the carnival is papier-mâché. A local manufacturer, Antonio D’Arliano, was the first to make a sculpture for the carnival using the method in 1925.

There are four categories of float that make up the parade. First class, with nine giant floats, second class with four, the group masquerades of nine floats, and the single masquerades of 15 floats. The differences are in size, complexity and the budget available. It can take over six months to build the huge floats.

Here is a small selection of photos

Life in the Shadow of Grenfell

Client: The Guardian

After Grenfell's tragedy it was important to understand what life is for people that live in the area and the people that live in the tower opposite Grenfell.
Everybody in that communities has been touched deeply from what happened on the 14th of June 2017, when over 70 people lost their life.

The Silchester Estate was built in the late 60s in Notting Dale, an area renowned for its piggeries in the 19th century, its slums in the 30s and its race riots in the 50s. The estate’s four towers were part of a utopian vision, creating new communities in the sky, surrounded by open land. Ashby is more proud of the open land than anything else: while the nearby Westway is clogged with traffic pumping out pollution, this garden, which is open to the general public, allows the area to breathe.

After the fire, it was reported that Kensington and Chelsea had reserves of £274m, making it one of the richest councils in the country. It was also revealed that the fire-resistant zinc cladding approved by Grenfell residents had been replaced in the refurbishment contract with combustible aluminium panels, to save £293,368 on the tower’s £10m regeneration bill.

The result of an incredible 4 months collaborations with the community living in the shadow of Grenfell. Read the full article of Simon Hattenstone watch the great videos of Alex Healey in the link below

Whitstable House.
View from outside the barrels that surround Grenfell Tower

The view over Grenfell Tower from the 20th, last floor, of Whitstable House

Lina lives on the 20th and top floor of Whitstable Tower.
“We never really noticed the tower before,” Lina says, “but now you can’t not look at it. I kept waking up that night, but it was only at 6.30am that I went into the kitchen. My window was open and I heard a helicopter, looked out and screamed.”

A local resident

The back of Whitstable House

Joe in his flat inside Whitstable House on the 14th floor

The entrance of Whitstable House

Rama is one of the resident of Whitstable.
German born, son of Polish refugees.

Nahid Ashby is a long term tenant at Silchester Estate
Photographed in the her flat in Frinstead house on the 16th floor

Under the A40 flyover

Inside the Maxilla Club run by Joe and his parents Albert and Margaret Walsh

Inside Rama's kitchen in Whitstable.
His wife put the curtain up to avoid constantly looking at Grenfell.

Whitstable House and the A40, Westway, at dusk as seen from a balcony of Dixon House

Costa Rica Cloud Forest

For four decades, Prof. Nalini Nadkarni has studied cloud forest in the Costa Rican town of Monteverde. In that time, global warming has wrought big changes – and now threatens to dry out the area’s lush hanging gardens for good. Only about 1% of the planet’s woodlands are cloud forest. The montane cloud forest is one of the world’s three most sensitive along with the threatened coral reefs and ice caps. And all indicative of a world that is experiencing climate change and that’s happening now. Nalini Nadkarni is sitting with her notebook and tape measure near the top of a strangler fig in Costa Rica’s Monteverde forest, on a branch 35 metres above the ground that is almost broad enough to walk along. Attached to the rope she has climbed to reach her perch, she squats among mosses, orchids and other plants that grow thickly on the bark, giving the canopy the impression of a hanging garden. Known as epiphytes – plants that grow on other plants – they are Nadkarni’s special field of scientific research, omnipresent in the unique ecosystem of Costa Rica’s montane cloud forest. They thrive between 1,500 and 1,800 metres and depend on their ability to take water and nutrients directly from the swirling mists that should cloak these slopes. But the continued existence of the cloud forest in Monteverde is under threat from global warming. Only occurring in a narrow altitude band whose upper limit is defined by where the mountain tops run out and by the altitude at which the trees can grow, it is being squeezed in a vice from below by warmer and drier weather patterns eradicating the enfolding cloud. Amphibians that once lived here have died back, to the point of species extinction in some cases. The breeding patterns of the area’s emblematic resplendent quetzals – the colourful birds that have long drawn tourists to the area – are being disrupted. Lowland species of bats and birds, including toucans, have begun moving into the cloud forest.

World Cup 2018

the joy and despair in British living rooms

I spent the first 2 weeks of the World Cup travelling around England watching 13 games with as many different nationalities, capturing the joy and despair in British living rooms.
Definitely one of the nicest and joyful (intense at time) job ever done.
I’ve eaten a lot of crisps and beer, but also the traditional Brazilian dish of feijoada in north London, Mexican quesadillas and guacamole in Putney, Colombian arepas in Manchester and a lovely Moroccan tagine cooked on the barbecue in Letchworth.
I was sat with a fixed camera near the television screen and never asked anyone to pose. As soon as the match got under way, they forgot I was there.
Very few people left the room or changed positions throughout the game. They were glued to their chairs

England 6 Panama 1

Serbia 1 Costa Rica 0

Mexico 1 Germany 0

Mexico 1 Germany 0

Morocco 0 Iran 1

Brazil 1 Switzerland 1

Japan 2 Colombia 1

Japan 2 Colombia 1

Iran 0 Spain 1 (Iranian goal which moment after got disallowed)

Iran 0 Spain 1

France 1 Peru 0

Iceland 0 Nigeria 2

South Korea 1 Mexico 2

Senegal 2 Japan 2

Russia 3 Egypt 1

Colombia 3 Poland 0


Taylor Swift

Jimmy Cliff, Strawberry Hill, Jamaica


John Cale artist and founding member of the Velvet Underground, in Venice

Kelly Jones, Stereophonics

Ernie Ranglin in his studio in Jamaica

Kaki King

Jason Pierce

Es Devlin, in her house

Shaggy, downtown Kingston, Jamaica

Laura Mvula at Glastonbury

Adele in her house

Suede frontman Brett Anderson at The Ministry of Sound

Wolf Alice at Reading Festival

Chris Blackwell founder of Island Records, photographed in Jamaica

William Basinski, musician, composer, at St John on Bethnal Green

Behind the scenes in Vatican City

Vatican City is a highly secretive world in miniature containing in less than half a square kilometre everything a state needs.

The Roman church has kept its political power well established through the centuries. Catholicism has always been at the centre of Italian society, but what is decided in the Vatican does influence the life of billion people around the globe.

The sense of history, the magnificent spaces and the silence are elements that wrap your senses when you walk around the Vatican. Tradition, hierarchy, spirituality and big events have always been at the heart of the Church.

Thanks to an extraordinary Jubilee, which normally happen every 25 years, and after many months of letters and meetings, I have been given an unprecedented opportunity: I have spent 2 months documenting some of the behind the scene and mainly the people in the Vatican.

From the nuns that work in the Sacristy ironing the Pope’s and clergies’ garments to the gardeners, from the Sampietrini in charge of the maintenance of St Peter to the Pope’s driver and the Swiss Guards, my work is an homage to the people at the base of the Vatican’s hierarchy showing situations rarely seen by the public.

A Swiss Guard keeps watch on the Scala Regia that connect the Apostolic Palace and St Peter's basilica

The key holder are in charge of opening some of the hundreds doors in the Vatican

A Sampietrino (people that are looking after the Basilica) polishing the floor of St Peter

Swiss Guard Kremer getting ready for the swearing-in ceremony

Renzo Cestier, the most senior of the 3 official Pope's driver filling the tank of the Popemobile

A nun walking inside St Peter's

Swiss Guards marching just outside the basilica of St Peter heading back to their headquarters

Inside St Peter's

Suor Rita, Marta, Elvira and Adelaide inside the Sacristy of St Peter ironing the garments for the clergy and for the Pope

St Peter's altar

Inside the Sacristy of San Giovanni in Laterano. Moments after the end of the ceremonies the clergy returns the garments worn

Early morning. Moments before another solemn ceremony a cardinal rests in front of the Holy Door

Early morning inside St Peter's in front of the grave of Pope John Paul II and senior clergymen are dressed and waiting for the beginning of another grand ceremony

Inside the Apostolic Palace, moments before the diplomats will walk the corridor to meet the Pope for the official greeting of the new year

A Swiss guard inside St Peter

The Pope and his closest team walking in the Prima Loggia inside the Apostolic Palace to go to meet the Diplomatic Corps for the traditional exchange of new year greetings

Hello Cazenove

These pictures are taken in London, in Hackney, specifically around and in Cazenove Rd.

The images are part of a bigger project and an exhibition developed in collaboration with the Hackney Museum about the road, the community and its surroundings.

Cazenove rd sum up the multiculturalism of the city, where within one road there is a Mosque, a Synagogue, a queer bar, plus the typical charity shop, the second hand shop, the art gallery, the organic shop etc etc...

Lag BaOmer is a traditional Jewish holiday. By somebody is interpreted as the anniversary of death

Rabbi Gluck, one of the spiritual local leader, photographed in his house

the beginning of Cazenove road

Palio di Siena

The culmination of the Palio di Siena is a 90-second horse race. But for Sienese, it is so much more than that: it is an embodiment of civic pride that has been held since 1656

The Palio di Siena horse race has been held twice a year, in July and August. Ten horses and riders representing ten of the city wards compete in a 3 laps race around the Piazzo del Campo. ThePalio is a way of life that dominates throughout the year.
There are seventeen contrade, or wards, in Siena. Each contrada is a city within a city that provides a social structure, a support network and civic identity. The Palio is the culmination of the rivalry between the contrade.

Each Contrada is like a Republic, with a Parliament, and assembly. There is a Priore, which the head of the Contrada, the Captain which is the Ministry of War and in charge of the Palio and many other roles.
Quote "The Palio in fact is like a War". The Palio is not a re-enact, is not made for tourists. It's real and it can get brutal.

The Tratta is the day that open the Palio. 4 days before the actual race.
40 horses run around the Campo. Only 10 get picked by the different Captains.
Through a lottery, the 10 selected horses get given to each Contrada. Some horses are better than others and the Campo knows it. The "Barbaresco" is in charge to pick the horse and bring it back to the Contrada. Only in that moment the Captain and i Mangini (his deputies) start contacting the jockeys.
Once the jockey has agreed, he arrives in the Contrada and kept in a secured place for 4 days and escorted 24h a day.

From the evening of the Tratta the test run begin. There are 2 test run a day till the day of the Palio, in total 6 test run.

In these 3 evenings each Contrada, even the ones that don't run, hold the 'cenini' (small dinners). The night before the Palio is the main dinner with the jockey too.

The atmosphere and the tension in the city grow every day, till the day of the race.
Everything ends in 90 seconds but a victory last for ever and get celebrated throughout the following year.

Contrada Lupa

The Contradiaioli follows the horse as they parade and gather from the different part of Siena into the Pizza del Campo, (the square where they run the Palio)

Contrada Pantera

Kids from Pantera looking at their horse

The horse of the Giraffa going back to the stable

The stable of the Contrada Pantera

Members of the Contrada Pantera wearing the official uniforms in the colours of the Contrada for the Historical Parade before the Palio

The horse that will run the Palio di Siena for the Pantera is blessed inside the Chiesa (church) of the Contrada Pantera.

kids in the Contrada Giraffa

Stable of the Contrada Giraffa

The Passeggiata Storica (historical parade)
just before the actual start of the race in the piazza del Campo

The horse of the Tartuca

La Mossa is the name of the starting line

The horse of Contrada Aquila

Tension is building up moment before the beginning of the race

Final lap, the Lupa passes the Drago and finish first

Jonatan Bartoletti aka Scompiglio celebrating the victory of the Palio and his place on history having won his second Palio on a row

Eyewitness: The Guardian's centre page

Client: The Guardian

Modern newspapers face aggressive competition for the reader's attention. Television and the internet have proved more effective at delivering breaking news fast, and a contemporary newspaper redesign must focus on the things which print can do better than other media.

The "eyewitness" centre spread is the most dramatic expression of this philosophy devoting the 60cm x 40cm centre spread to a single news image.
The image sits within a typographic frame, which brands it as part of the news run. The labelling is an enlarged version of the system used on other pages, but the colours - muted blue and greys – were selected so as not to compete with the images, and to stand apart from the warmer palette on the news pages, to suggest a distinction between text-led and visual content.

In an age of fast-moving but low-resolution images the still photograph has enormous power. Eyewitness has shown that even time-pressed newspaper readers value the opportunity to engage at their own pace with a photograph which can offer a depth of detail and meaning.

Santa Maria in Paganica church, L'Aquila, Italy
An earthquake hit the region one year earlier

Calabria, Italy

Marble quarries
Carrara, Italy

Mondello's beach
Palermo, Italy

Olive harvesting,

Naples, Italy

The Colosseum, Rome

Lisbon, Portugal

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
London, England

Munich, Germany

The Blue Mosque at dawn, Istanbul, turkey

Munich, Germany

A summer day inside the As Roma football club,
Rome, Italy

A celebration to the Routemaster buses,
Trafalgare Square, London, England

The Arts

Gilbert and George, in their house in London

Tracey Emin, at Turner Contemporary, Margate

Lemn Sissay, author and broadcaster

Xiaolu Guo, writer

Saskia Reeves, actress, at the Barbican

Don McCullin, in his house

Irvine Welsh, writer

Sarah Lucas, artist, at the Venice Biennale

Jane Freud, artist

Dylan Moran, comedian

Will Gompertz, BBC arts correspondent

Marie O'Riordan, editor of Marie Claire

Nick Hornby at his studio in London

Daljit Nagra, poet

Peter Bowker, playwright and screenwriter, at Bafta HQ

Richard Bacon,TV presenter, in the Groucho Club in Soho

John Hannah, actor

Joseph Morpurgo, comedian

Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Presenter, at BBC Broadcasting House

Cary Elwes, actor

Lily Cole model, actress and broadcaster

Jokha Alharthi, 2019 Man Booker International prize winner. First female Omani novelist to be translated into English

poet Roger Robinson, 2020 TS Eliot prize-winner

Versus Arthritis

Client: Versus Arthritis

Creative Agency: RE

This commission has been very challenging and incredible interesting. I worked in close collaboration with the art directors at RE translating in pictures the visual identity they developed. Versus Arthritis was launched in November 2019 when two charities merged and create the largest charity in UK to support patients that suffer from arthritis and invest in ground breaking research.
I was asked to create a series of portraits and document pain and joy in normal everyday life's situations.
We travelled for nearly 2 weeks around the country spending the day with real patients, challenging the idea that arthritis is only effecting a specific group of individuals.
The photos are the main part of the new campaign and imagery of the charity

A story in Lampedusa

Thousands of migrants continue to arrive in Italy, crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat and risking their lives to reach Europe.

In the last three years more than 50000 people have arrived on board more than 700 boats. Around 60% come from Maghreb,18% from East Africa, 15% from West Africa and the rest from Subcontinental Indian and Middle East.

Once they've landed, migrants are identified by the police and kept inside the Cpa (first aid centre) for few days, then redirected to other centres where they can stay longer and have their future decided. Some of them are granted asylum and others are sent back home. Approximately 20% of the 20.000 people who arrived in Lampedusa were deemed to be in need of international protection.

Between 2006 and 2008 there were several "tragic landings" reported, with an unknown number of deaths.

Since 2002 MSF has established a project at landings for one of the main entry doors to Europe, the island of Lampedusa. Although migration has become a structural phenomenon in Italy, reception conditions for these people have not markedly improved and the living conditions for undocumented migrants are usually extremely difficult. Even though high numbers of boat arrivals are foreseen, access to care for illegal migrants still remains a mirage in various parts of the country.

Lampedusa CPSA, holding centre (first aid centre).

Every person landed is supply with a number and the date of the arrived

Queueing for breakfast

The men dormitory

Patrolling the sea with the Italian Coast Guard

A migrant just rescued by the Coast Guard

Before going to the dump, the bigger boat has to be destroyed at the port.
This boat has landed on the 17th bringing 376 migrants to Italy

Lampedusa CPSA, holding centre (first aid centre).

the men are kept in a diferent area form the women and under-age

After maximum 3 days they should leave to other destination.
Ready to depart to other CPT in Italy

Lampedusa Graveyard where bodies found at sea of undocumented migrants get buried

Migrants: South of Italy

The dark side of the orange harvest.

Rosarno in Calabria. The town, in middle of the toe of Italy, is an agricultural community of 15,000 people. It is one of the places where undocumented workers queue each morning for jobs on the Italian orange and olive groves, and in the juice and candied peel factories that supply northern Europe. About 5,000 of them live in the Rosarno area alone.

Recently the international charity Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) became so concerned about the plight of migrants in Calabria that it sent a team to assess the situation. It found that most migrants were living in conditions that do not even meet the minimum standards set by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for refugee camps in Africa. The organisation now runs free clinics in Calabria for undocumented migrants.

Migrant workers can only work on average three days a week. They can earn 25 euro a day, but some farmers have recently tried to cut pay to 11 euros a day as they find the price for oranges and clementines has fallen below their cost of production.

Many farmers have stopped harvesting their fruit because the world price is too low to cover their costs of labour, even using cheap migrants. They are facing competition from Morocco and Spain.

The queue at damn on the main road of the town hoping to get some daily work

One of the squatted ex factory where migrants live
Samia is from Ghana and due to an accident he cant work

Inside one of the squatted ex factory where migrants live

Squatted factory

A juice factory

The MSF clinic in Rosarno

Another squatted factory

Migrants from Ivory cost arrived just a week ago squatting a derelict building in the orange grove

Inside the squatted factory at night

Kedrion Biopharma

Client: Kedrion Biopharma

Kedrion is an international company that collects and fractionates blood plasma to produce and distribute plasma-derived therapeutic products for use in treating serious diseases, disorders and conditions such as haemophilia and immune system deficiencies.

I have been working with Kedrion since 2013 helping them developing their visual identity and all their campaigns.
We travelled extensively across the world, from the Us to Mexico and in many places in Europe visiting and documenting the whole process, from the blood donors centres to the patients, passing by the people that work in their plants.

Calais camp

On the last days before it would have been evacuated, I went Inside the squatted centre where migrants have been previous living and sheltered in Calais.

Around 1,000 migrants are building a shantytown known as the ‘new jungle’ on the wasteland around the Jules Ferry day centre.

The Jules Ferry centre, is the first centre opened by the French government and for a few hours each afternoon, allows one hot meal, access to showers, toilets, electricity points to recharge phones and advice on migration and asylum issues.

The new day centre will provide overnight accommodation for 50 women and children but there is no overnight provision for men

Outside the small centre the condition are inhuman as no shelter or running water is provided.

Building shelters in what is called the 'jungle’

Tsukiji Tokyo fish market

Tokyo Tsukiji Market, is the world's largest wholesale fish market and in general the largest wholesale market in the world, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day.

It has been operating in its central Tokyo location since 1935 but is due to be relocated to a new site in Toyosu by spring 2016.

The portraits are a series of photos of fish stall's owners and workers taken during the first hours of the day. They market in fact operate during the night and the wholesale area only open to the public from 9am.


Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Jamaica. Early morning flying over Porto Antonio's coast in a Jamaica Air Force helicopter

Firefly, Jamaica
Firefly was the house of Ian Coward

Negril, Jamaica

Runaway Bay, north coast of Jamaica

Harbour island, the Bahamas

Harbour island, the Bahamas

Harbour island, the Bahamas

Time for the olive harvest
Calabria, Italy

London, England

Hove, England



Augustea petrochemical refinery, Sicily, italy

Augustea petrochemical refinery, Sicily, italy

Colosseo, Rome

Hadrian's villa, Tivoli

Hadrian's villa, Tivoli

A Berber woman in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

A Berber man crosses the river of Ouarzazate, Morocco, known as the “door of the desert”

St Ives, Cornwall, England

St Ives, Cornwall, England

View from a terrace

The harbour of St Ives at low tide, Cornwall, England

Rockers International record shop is one of the oldest remaining in downtown Kingston, Jamaica

Downtown Kingston, Jamaica

Downtown Kingston, Jamaica

A portrait of two locals inside what it is the largest book in the world, made from over 2500 marble slabs, each housed in its own small stupa. Mandalay (Burma)

A portrait of two locals in the mountains above Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

A village in the mountains above Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

A village in the mountains above Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

A portrait of a boy, Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

A young married punk couple, Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Politicians and Business

Boris Johnson inside the underground RAF Operation Room

Chuka Umunna, labour politician Streatham constituency

Tessa Jowell, Labour Party

Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Party

Laura Parker, national organiser of Momentum

Cristiana Collu, Museum director

Elizabeth Louise "Liz" Kendall, Labour Party

Jeremy Hunt, Conservative Party

Emily Thornberry, Labour MP

Gina Miller at the Michelin House

Elena Panteoni, wine producer

Max Mosley in his London's house

Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London in his house

Cristiana Olevano, rice producer

I'm Hackney

I’ve lived in Hackney since 2003 when I moved to the UK and have witnessed its changes socially and structurally year by year. The gentrification of the city is especially visible in this part of town. The City is moving east, transforming its social and architectural fabric.

Hackney is divided into different sections, each sub-section so deeply disparate from the other. From Stamford Hill, with its Jewish community to Hackney Wick, where artists have transformed once empty warehouses into their studios. From Hackney Central, which lends itself to a great energy through its multiculturalism and diversity to the ‘cool and trendy’ Shoreditch. From the council estates of Hackney South and Homerton, to the new-builds for families in Stoke Newington and Lower Clapton.

London – like all major cities – never stands still, but the speed at which Hackney is transforming has been enhanced, thanks to the Olympics and new investment generated from the event. As a consequence, many people are destined to leave this part of town to move further east, but many other homeowners have seen their properties increase in value.

My project intends to photograph each sub-section to deconstruct Hackney and offer a voice to its residents. The borough, its architecture and atmosphere can be seen in the background, but the attention is focused on the people of Hackney, each photographed where I found them as a I rambled through this part of the world.


Twins born in Hackney


Alysha Joseph (31) with her 9 month old daughter
Born in Trinidad
Living in Hackney for 10 years


Mrs. Swollen (80)
From Ireland
17 years living in Hackney

Hackney Central

Milda Kuasausk Iene (7)
From Lithuania
Living in Hackney for 1 year

Hackney Central

Kaye (18)
Born in Hackney

Hackney South

Colin Roy Todd (34)
Born in Mansfield, UK
Living in Hackney for 3 years

Hackney South

Michael (40)
Born and bred in Hackney

Hackney South

Sarah Lugue (32) and Winston Francis (37)
She's from Spain and has lived in Hackney for 1 year
He was born in Newham and has lived in Hackney for 3 years

Hackney South

Vito (35)
Living in Hackney for 7 years

Hackney South

Simon Charles Randal (42)
From Leicestershire
Living in Hackney for 7 years

Hackney South

Anthony (19)
Born and bred in Hackney

Hackney South

Eroll (61)
Born and bred in Hackney

Hackney South

From Spain
Moved to Hackney a month ago

Lower Clapton

Veie Knight (54)
From Barbados
Living in Hackney for 4 years

Lower Clapton

Tony (47) and Jake Wilkinson
From Leeds
Living in Hackney for 17 years

London Fields

Irene (60) and Tayler (3)
From Hackney

London Fields

Jeanette Harman (68)
From Northhampton
Lived in Hackney all her life

London Fields

Tu (22)
From Sweden
10 months living in Hackney
Fashion student

London Fields

Tara Stout (40)
From UK
21 years living in Hackney


Z. Jacob (87)
From Antigua
60 years living in Hackney


Ka-sh (57)
From Ghana
20 years living in Hackney
Shop owner


Violeta Durand (30)
From Argentina
2 years living in Hackney


Amal (9)
From Mogadiscio, Somalia
3 days in Hackney

Lower Clapton

Danny (45), Leonard (51) and Daddy
From Jamaica
Danny 21 years living in Hackney, Leonard (a chef) 1 year & Daddy 30 years

Lower Clapton

Greg Hall (31)
From Hampshire
31 years living in Hackney
Bike courier

Hackney Wick

Tania Houghton (27)
From Norwich
Living in Hackney for 7 years

Hackney Wick

Frank (54) and Rosie (45)
He was born in Italy, she's from the UK
Living in Hackney for 24 and 54 years

Cafe owner

Hackney Wick

Amanda Maroulis (41)
From the UK
Living in Hackney for 24 years

Hackney Wick

Egle (23)
Born in Lithuania
Living in Hackney for 1 year

Stamford Hill

Chaim (25)
Born in Hackney

Age UK: I can see into your eyes

Client: Age Uk

The idea for this project came about when I was commissioned by Guardian News and Media to take portraits of older people in the King’s Cross area – Age Uk Camden is one of GNM’s local community partners. I was inspired by the hope and optimism of the people I met. My photographs are designed to challenge perceptions about the elderly, and show that older people can be glamorous, inspired, beautiful, and full of life.

In order to capture this optimism, I had the idea to photograph all of the subjects in studio conditions as if it were a fashion shoot. I asked all of the sitters to dress in their favourite clothes, I hired a make-up artist, and for the photograph I asked them to think about a really happy time or experience. The portraits are meant to be a playful take on the circularity of life.

I tried to create conditions that allowed my subjects to recapture, however fleetingly, the spontaneity and curiosity of a child. The background colours - the rose and pale blue - are intentional, an ironic reference to the fashion and advertising worlds. In other words, I tried to capture them in ideal conditions as they themselves would like to be seen. The 16 people I photographed were enthusiastic about the challenge, in the excitement is evident from the light in their eyes.

Edna Bulles

Robert Green

Beryl Elrith Joseph

Ian Haymlyin

Dolly O'Brien

Helen Pottock

Joan Henchy

Lawrence Campbell

Ronald Silrold

Laura Howard

Margaret (Peggy) Smith

Marie Smith-Laing

Megane O'Brien

Rufus Sealy

Willie Millar

Peggy Eileen Jacobs

V&A Museum

Client: Victoria & Albert Museum

Each year the Victorian and Albert Museum commissions an external photographer to shoot their annual review and each year the style of the publication changes accordingly to the photographer they pick.

I documented 12 months of exhibitions within the Museum focusing on the relation between the people and the space and installations


Theatre Royal Plymouth

Client: TRP

Creative Agency: Spy Studio

TRP is an amazing and special place with a myriad of performances, activities and events on offer. At its heart the 1300 seat auditorium that can produce West End musicals through to opera and ballet; to a smaller experimental 175 seat theatre; café, restaurant, community performance space and, on a separate site, a production and learning centre known as TR2.

I've spent few days documenting the 'behind the stage' of the productions an the overall new refurbished space.

it was all part of a big rebranding Regeneration Project carried on by Spy Studio

The National Lottery Campaign 20th Anniversary

Client: Lottery Fund

Creative Agency: Spy Studio

In 2015 the National Lottery Good Causes celebrates 20 years of funding at least 430,000 life-changing projects across the UK. That's well over £32 billion invested during that time. To mark this fantastic milestone Spy Studio design agency and me were appointed to create a visually rich and story-led campaign.

it was imperative that the campaign image brought together the cacophony of amazing projects in one great space. An image where multiple stories are being told and you want to keep looking again and again and again.

During a 7 day shoot, over 55 different projects from across the UK were invited to take part at the photo studio. That included 188 people, 2 motorbikes, some VIPs, circus performers, the Cutty Sark, the Angel of the North and a donkey!

It was important that the final image looked like a single snapshot of an enormous scene. To make this happen, we co-ordinated and devised a narrative for all of the separate activities. Like a jigsaw, these activities could then be placed into the final image so as they appeared to be interacting with each other.

The campaign launches initially at 10 Downing Street, followed by subsequent launches around the regions and across the UK.

Maizuru Shipyards, Japan

Maizuru, in the Kyoto prefecture, is one the principal naval shipyards in Japan.

Located on the scenic Maizuru Bay in the Sea of Japan, Maizuru is a city with a long history of shipping and shipbuilding.

The shipyard is the largest on this stretch of coast, specializing in the construction of enormous bulk carriers and naval ships.

Extraordinary People

Corporate Advertising Campaign

Client: Douglas and Gordon

Creative Agency: Machas

The project was commissioned by two collaborating agencies: Machas Creative Consultancy and Ideas Factory Design agency.

The campaign uses real employees from the estate agency, dramatising their hobbies or passions.

The adverts are a playful reference at how the employees' pastimes directly benefit their ability to help Douglas & Gordon customers.

The photo shoot took place in an indoor studio setting and lasted for over 4 days.

Augustea Shipping Company

I was commissioned by Augustea to create a coffee table book to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Augustea.
It has been an amazing project that took me to Italy, Argentina, Colombia, Singapore and Japan.
A five month long journey and homage to the countries where Augustea operates and the people that work there or who are somehow related to the company.
A very different and personal approach to what some call 'corporate reportage'.

The small tugs are very powerful and beautifully shaped boats.
It's impressive to be onboard on a tug in the open sea while approaching some huge tanker, (a wall of steal upon us) sometimes with the help on 2 or 3 other tugs. The noise of the engine rumbling and roaring while approaching the big oil tankers. A very skilful manovre that require coordination between the Captain's tugs. A gentle push from the side to help these big boats approaching a pier or helping them to reach open water or perform other manoeuvres.

The pictures in this gallery were taken in Sicily and in Santa Marta, Colombia

Snam: a garden in the network

Client: Snam

Creative Agency: TBWA + Machas

As Italy’s largest gas supplier, Snam’s network on the territory is capillary and extends from the Alps to the southern province of Sicily. On the green hills of Valdarno, Tuscany, right on the lands adjoining the plant that allows to keep the pressure of the gas constant, Snam joined forces with social cooperative Betadue to go beyond its standard service and pioneering a sustainable project called “A Garden in the Network”.

The project employs disadvantaged and disabled people that, thanks to their work, produce 2000 meals which are given to the nearby communities and Snam together with TWBA Rome contacted Machas to curate a photographic show to document the people that give life to the “Garden in the network”

As described by Machas: the brief required an open, honest look at its subjects and Machas commissioned photographer Christian Sinibaldi that thanks to his candid shot, was perfect of the assignment.

“It was a great project and an incredible occasion to meet the local social workers, farmers and entrepreneurs. I had the chance to see first hand how these people have created a very healthy way of engaging and giving something back to their communities,” says Christian. “I will never forget the face of a woman at the Casa Pinocchio mental health institute who looked into my eyes and graciously thanked me for paying them a visit”.

Christian’s candid look on the faces and hands of the people at work tells the story of people still connected to their territory, of social integration and shared values.