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16.10.2015

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Last weekend the Festival della Fotografia Etica began in the Italian town of Lodi. From the Greek financial crisis to the situation of refugees, the festival agenda deals with the kind of themes we should never lose sight of. Over two more week-ends, October 17-18, and 24-25, the focus of the small town next to Milan will be on photography.

Exhibitions, talks by artists and workshops are all part of the programme. Alberto Prina, who is both photographer and the festival’s director, explains what visitors should be looking out for.


What would you advise visitors not to miss?

One of the things that make this festival unique is the commitment of the artists who display their work during the event. The guided tours with the photographers are a great chance for the public to experience the exhibit in a more active way: they can interact with the artists getting to know more about the reportages they carried out. It’s like a way to give voice to the images through the stories the photographers want to share.
I think that this year the themed area titled Food that Kills is going to be at the centre of the exploration for those who want to understand something more about the dark side of food production and consumption.


What makes the festival in Lodi so special?

The Festival of Ethical Photography is organised purely on a voluntary basis. Passionate people dedicate their time and energy to turning this small provincial town into one of the most important gatherings for the international community of photographers, as well as for the general public. The staff never stop working on the event. It is a small group of people of all ages, coming from very different backgrounds, bringing ideas together, involving a growing numbers of associates that every year not only support the organisation of this incredible event, but also learn about photography through the activities and courses managed by the association.


Why do you think that there is such a vibrant photo scene in Italy?

The attention paid to the culture of images in this country is really interesting. Being a photographer in Italy isn’t easy and you really need to believe in the value of making a difference telling stories worth sharing. I think Italian photographers have the capacity to find a way to get by on their own, and this is what makes their way of expressing themselves attractive and intriguing.


www.festivaldellafotografiaetica.it
© Alberto Prina
© Francesco Anselmi
© Robin Hammond
© Lucio Borga
© Philip Montgomery
© Giovanni Porzio

Alberto Prina

Even though passionate about philosophy and with photography always on his mind, Prina actually graduated in physics. Eventually, however, he could no longer ignore his longing and now fills his days with images.

He is the founder of the photo association Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine, and has co-ordinated its annual Festival of Ethical Photography since its creation. He currently works as a reportage photographer and photojournalist.

www.mrpraina.com
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