Sergio Ramazzotti

Sergio Ramazzotti

Born in Milano in 1965, he has written and photographed hundreds of stories for most of the leading magazines of the world. His photographs have been exhibited in several personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad. As a novelist, he published 'Vado verso il capo' (Feltrinelli 1996), 'Carne verde' (Feltrinelli 1999), 'La birra di Shaoshan' (Feltrinelli 2002), 'Liberi di morire' (Piemme 2003), 'Tre ore all'alba' (DeAgostini 2005), 'Afrozapping' (Feltrinelli 2006) and 'Ground Zero Ebola' (Piemme 2015). He also published the photographic books 'Inde' and 'Chine' for Paris's Éditions du Chêne and London's Thames & Hudson (2007), 'Afghanistan 2.0' for Milano's Leonardo International (2010) and 'I love Mary' for Milano's More Mondadori (2012). Between 2008 and 2011 he was protagonist of 'Lauren Verslaat', a series of documentaries on photojournalism produced by Dutch private channel Veronica TV. In 2010 and 2011 he was author and presenter of 'Buongiorno Afghanistan', an eight-episode documentary on the Italian Army in Afghanistan, and 'SOS Lampedusa', a 50-minutes documentary on immigration, both produced and broadcast by Sky TV Italy. In 2016 he wrote and produced the 50-minutes documentary 'Baraccopolis', on Italians living in slums, broadcast by Sky Atlantic. He was one of the eight Italian photographers featured in the 8-documentaries series "Fotografi" on photojournalists, produced and broadcast in 2012-2013 by TV channel Sky Arte. He won the International Photography Award (Los Angeles) in the 'Editorial' category in 2005, twice (in 2005 and 2010) the Enzo Baldoni Prize for Journalism of the Province of Milano, and in 2015 the Magna Grecia Awards for Literature under the patronage of Italy's Ministry of Culture and Education.
Philippines
Tomb raiders
Manila North Cemetery's population is very much alive

At least six thousand people arrived at Manila's North Cemetery well ahead of schedule: for they are all still alive. The space reserved for the dead, in the capital of the Philippines which counts more than 12 million inhabitants and suffocates under the weight of an out-of-control overpopulation,
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Kenya
Kakuma, nowhere on Earth
Where Islamic terrorism meets no-man's land

In the extreme north of Kenya, not far from the South Sudanese border, is a hot, dusty and waterless place called nowhere. Or Kakuma, as it translates in the local Turkana language. Since 1992, Kakuma is the place that the Kenya government has chosen to give temporary shelter to hundreds of thousand
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Somalia
Hell's kitchen
How a cook becomes a symbol of Mogadishu's painful rebirthing

Ahmed Jama is a cook. He had a quiet job in London, yet one day he decided to return to his Mogadishu. Here he opened a restaurant with the idea of restoring confidence in a city ravaged by civil war, and of healing with food the fractures caused by the conflict. The al-Shabaab islamic extremists
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Benin
12 years, a slave
A child nightmare

Every year, between 100,000 and 200,000 kids are estimated to be trafficked from Benin to nearby Nigeria. Many of them are street kids snatched in Beninese markets by professional traffickers, who sell them for up to 100 U.S. dollars each. Some are actually sold to traffickers by their parents for a
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St Helena
The Rock
End of an isolation

St. Helena: a little more than a rock that stands in the middle of the South Atlantic, rising from a depth of almost five thousand meters, halfway between the coasts of Africa and those of South America. Four thousand people live on the island: the descendants of the first English settlers, of the C
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St Helena
Last ship to St.Helena
Last chance to embark on an epic journey

The RMS St Helena is not only the last mail ship on Her Majesty's service still remaining in the world. It is, above all, the lifeline that ensures the survival of the 4,000 inhabitants of the island of St. Helena, confined to little more than a rock in the middle of the South Atlantic, halfway betw
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Kenya
Bach to the future
An extraordinary music school inside Nairobi's largest slum

Music, wrote Claude Lvi-Strauss, is "a machine to suppress time". In Korogocho, one of Nairobi's largest slums, since some time ago music has also helped to suppress space, to make people forget the squalor and violence, to heal the wounds of the soul, and in some cases to open a door toward a futu
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Europe
Journey of a life
How a simple flight can change your life

If you are sick and need bone marrow transplant to survive, there is a chance in over 100,000 that you will find a compatible donor somewhere in the world. When a batch of bone marrow is extracted from a donor, there are only 24-36 hours before it can be safely implanted in the recipient patient. Be
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Liberia
Ebola - Third Millennium plague
Where an invisible death has the efficiency of a soldier

The new principles that regulate social relations in Monrovia are simple: if you touch the wrong person, you die. Touch the person who has touched the wrong person, you die. Get on the wrong taxi, you die. You distractingly scratch your eye or light a cigarette with the hand that has touched the wro
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Bangladesh
Ship eaters

Chittagong, Bhatiary seafront, south-eastern Bangladesh: a laid-up ship arrives on a beach in the Gulf of Bengal to be dismantled. Like ants, hundreds of men, often adolescents, attack it to take it to pieces: a supertanker, weighing 20 thousand tons, literally disappears in four months. It produces
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Peru
Jungle Fever

Those who live along the Napo river - a tributary of the Amazon river in Peruvian territory - pray for one thing: never to get sick. For the more than 50,000 persons who live in almost completely isolated communities along the 667-km-long Peruvian stretch of the river, even the simplest disease can
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Italy
Mare Nostrum

Lampedusa. Italy's southernmost point. An island barely larger than its airport, lost in the middle of the Mediterranean 120 miles north of the Libyan coast. A dream. Every year, thousands of desperate migrants set sail from the Northern African shores on board overloaded and precarious boats, and a
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World
In hoc signo vinces

2013: proclaimed "the Year of Faith" by the Vatican, was also the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, better known as the edict of Constantine, which marks the beginning of freedom of worship for Christians throughout the Roman Empire. Tradition has it that Constantine converted to Christianis
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Philippines
Strangers in the night

One of the Philippines' main assets is the million youngsters who work in call centers: together, they create an industry with a turnaround of 11 billion U.S. dollars a year and a 25% growth rate. The companies which use call centers are mostly American: due to the time difference, the employees who
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Philippines
Little Manila

The midget community of Manila is composed by roughly one hundred people. Still the object of a widespread prejudice, most of them can't find any other job than restaurant waiter or attraction in the red light district bars, where patrons are entertained with midget boxing matches, a tradition born
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Kenya
Kung-fu grandma

Some time ago, a myth started to spread among men living in Nairobi's slums: if you rape an elderly woman, you'll live a long life, be protected from bullets in a firefight, and become immune to Aids. As a consequence, the number of sexual assaults against women up to 80 years old (often carried out
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Gabon
Libreville, a dirty African star

Libreville, the seventh most expensive city in the world, is hot, dusty and distressing. More than half of Gabon's population lives here, among shantytowns and open sewers, hoping for a brighter future that is not going to come. However Gabon, the country where the most amazing 'African miracle' has
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Philippines
A Liter Of Light
2015 has been declared International Year of Light by the UN.

Millions of people in shantytowns all over the world are forced to live in darkness even in broad daylight. The shacks are often windowless, or so crammed that no light can penetrate, while electric power is too expensive or simply nonexistent. But an ingenuous Brazilian has figured out a way of tur
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United Kingdom
Tomb Riders

In the United Kingdom, reverend Paul Sinclair, a Scottish-born ex Pentecostal minister, ex motorcycle stuntman, created a funeral entrerprise with no rivals in the world: a fleet of motorcycle hearses that guarantee the departed a last voyage definitely out of the ordinary. The idea was successful b
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Azerbaijan
Full step on the gas

The Caucasian country is desperately attempting to renew its image. The 2012 Eurovision festival, hosted in Baku, the capital, was supposed to present the new look of Azerbaijan to the world, but the international press that converged on the city preferred to highlight the human rights violations by
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Italy
Eroica bicycle race

Imagine a bike race where the only adversary is yourself: there is no prize but the satisfaction of having completed it. You are together with another five thousand participants, but in the end you are alone: you and your bIcycle, which, by the rules, must be at least 30 years old. You and the deman
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Tunisia
In the traffickers' web

Two and a half years after the fall of Ben Ali's regime in January 2011, Tunisia is still one of the main places from which many refugees and immigrants take off to reach Italy. The police and the coast guard do not patrol ports and territorial waters, and many Tunisians, as well as refugees coming
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Somalia
Navy Vs. Pirates

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast is today's worse threat against merchant ships. Damages to world commerce amount to hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and are caused by a bunch of criminals who, motivated by hunger and poverty, attack huge cargo ships from tiny speedboat
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Sergio Ramazzotti
International photojournalism