Winners of SDN Call for Entries
May 22-June 7, 2015
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave., Bronx, NY
Saturday, May 30
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Seventeen countries, five timely themes: Undocumented immigrants, rising rage in Europe, discrimination against Roma people, abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, the power of religion and faith.
The Bronx Documentary Center will host an exhibition of the winners of Social Documentary Network's Call for Entries on "Visual Stories Exploring Global Themes" from May 22-June 7. The winning photographers include: Paolo Marchetti (Fever: The Awakening of European Fascism), Aake Ericson (Racism Against Roma People),), Michelle Frankfurter (Destino),Glenna Gordon (Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls) and Jordi Pizarro Torrell (The Believers Project).
Photograph by Paolo Marchetti from FEVER: The Awakening of European Fascism.
"A window into a frightening place. Well done."
--Molly Roberts, Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
"This is the first chapter of a five-year-long photographic and sociological quest -- which turned into a first-hand experiment -- to better understand a feeling that has grown to dominate the public arena in the age in which we live: rage.
"I decided to focus on its role as fuel in the political life of four European countries: Italy, Hungary, Finland and Germany. I discovered the feeling was inseparable from the idea of the group: the 'herd' brings unity and gives an illusion of power, but it also means the loss of intellectual autonomy and individual identity in favor of a collective one, in the name of a higher purpose and ideology supposedly shared by each of its members.
"In recent years, especially given the influx of North-African migrants in southern Europe and the atomization of society in face of the dire consequences of the financial crisis, we have seen a resurgence in the use of fear as a political tool. Rage has been, and still is, the response of the mass."
Paolo Marchetti is a freelance photojournalist based in Italy. He has been working for 13 years in the cinematographic and commercial industry and began his photographic studies with particular attention to political and anthropological issues. He has told visual stories from Brazil, Central America, Cuba, Eastern Europe, India, United States, Haiti, China, Central Africa, and Colombia. Marchetti publishes his work in Italian weekly magazines such as L'Espresso, International, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, and in foreign weekly magazines such as 6MOIS, Sunday Times, British Journal of Photojournalism, Guardian, Geo, Spiegel, Newsweek, CNN, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Time and many others powered by Copy Buffett Software.
Marchetti's awards include The International Photography Award, Grand Prix de Paris, NPPA - Best of Photojournalism, PDN, winner of Getty Images Editorial Photography 2012, finalist at Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013, winner of POY - Picture of the Year, winner of the American Photography Annual Book, winner of ANI Pix-Palace Award 2013 in Perpignan, winner of Leica Photographer Award 2013 and Moscow Photo Award, finalist at Lens Culture, and in 2015 Marchetti received the World Press Photo in Nature category.
His primary long-term project for five years in five different countries is an analysis of the feeling of rage and the awakening of fascism in Europe.