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Forgotten Guerrero

Alfredo Bosco | Mexico

Organization: Luz Photo Agency

Mexico; Guerrero; Petlacala; 2018

Members of a self defense group in a poppy field.
The self-defence group of Sierra of San Miguel claim to protect the local population from the criminal group of the Tequileros, which are specialized in kidnapping and extortion, and at the same time take part in the heroin business.

Reportage about the State of Guerrero in Mexico, year 2018/19.

This reportage looks at the region’s current social and political situation. Violence is relentlessly on the rise amongst cartels and self-claimed defence groups and local feuds force the population to abandon their towns surrendering them to a domestic conflict.
In the heart of La Montaña, on the eastern side of the state, the largest amapola cultivation of the country is located.

Despite the military’s crack-down on production and the sharp price drop of heroin, the end product of amapola seems to see no real undermining in its share of the market.
In 2017 the army eradicated a total of 84,000 m2 of cultivation, 20,000 m2 more than in 2016.

Unlike other states under the control of only a single organization, Guerrero is hostage to various wars: between the cartels, between the cartels and self-claimed defence groups, and between the self-defence groups themselves.

Alfredo Bosco/Luz Photo Agency

I was born in 1987 in a small town in Tuscany. I discover photography as a teenager, when on a fieldtrip I start taking pictures not of the places we were visiting, but of my friends. After high school, I decide to move to Milan, where parallel to my academic career, I attend the John Kaverdash School of Photography. Meanwhile, I start working as studio assistant for photographer Stefano Muscetti, with whom I learn working on set, portrait and still-life photography. In 2010 I have the opportunity to follow a workshop in Pianello Valtidone at Cesuralab, a collective of photographers under the guidance of Alex Majoli. The experience allows me to understand and confront myself with the world of photojournalism. I start producing my first photo reportages, in 2010 in Haiti, during the earthquake aftermath, and in 2011, documenting the young generation of Tashkent, and winning the honorable mention of the FNAC Prize. In 2011 I start working as assistant and then photographer at SGP, a notable Italian agency in the field of television and fashion. I build my profile as a fashion parterre and backstage photographer, covering events in Milan, Paris and New York. I work as a reporter for the non-profit organization Onlus NPH Francesca Rava, documenting their activities in Haiti, and I follow the main red carpets, such as the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. During my work for SGP, I also cover the soon-to-be prime minister Matteo Renzi’s political campaign for the secretary of the Partito Democratico party. After this experience, I acquire a working method that allows me to fully live as a photographer.

In 2014, when the protests in Kiev’s Maidan Square start to take place, I decide to focus on the path of photojournalism, and start a four-year-long project on the conflicts in Eastern Ukraine. In September of that very same year, I start my experience with Luz Agency in Milan, and the project is published in different magazines such as L’Obs, GQ Italia, Sette Magazine, Espresso and Capital.
In 2015 I was selected by Lensculture as one of the world’s top 50 emerging talents.
In 2018, Donbass: No Man’s Land is exhibited at the Hannover Festival “Lumix Festival of Young Photojournalism”, at the Photo IS:RAEL festival and at the Head On Festival in Sidney.
In September of 2018, I am selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass of the World Press Photo, and following the suggested theme - Generation Y -, I realize a project on the young people of my generation of the Italian provinces.
Since 2018, together with a journalist colleague of mine, I have documented various stories from former Soviet countries, such as the current situation of the LGBTQ community in Moscow, the condition in Kazakhstan under the power of Nazarbayev, and the problem of heroin in Kyrgyzstan. I am now starting a new long-term project on the conflict in the Mexican state of Guerrero.


Alfredo Bosco

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