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Massimo Mastrorillo February 4, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.
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Early morning commuters. Istanbul, Turkey 2011

Massimo Mastrorillo (b. 1961, Italy) studied at the University of Perugia, in Italy, and is a graduate of the European Institute of Design in Rome.  He works mainly on long term documentary projects, devoting himself to the deep consequences of war and natural disasters and their aftermaths on society. His  awards include: World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International (POYi), Best of Photojournalism (Magazine Photographer of the Year), the PDN Photo Annual, the International Photographer of the Year at the 5th Annual Lucie Awards and an Aftermath Grant (finalist, 2011). His work has been published in: Espresso, Newsweek, Internazionale, Vanity Fair, Vrij Nederland, Le Monde and Wired. Massimo recently founded the collective MASTODON.

About the Photograph:

“For years, the number of city dwellers has surpassed that of rural areas. New suburbs emerge to meet the growing demand for housing. A jumble of concrete covers the earth with no apparent interruption.  Between them, like a jigsaw puzzle interlocking recreational areas and shopping malls—the new places of socialization. Turkey is a country with a rapidly developing economy. Here the suburbs expand even more at dizzying rhythms. I wanted to photograph them in two large cities. One on European ground, Istanbul and the other on Asian ground, Gaziantep, in a sort of ideal transcontinental trip to point out the similarities. This work was the result of an assignment from Zaman, a Turkish newspaper celebrating its 25th anniversary. They called 25 photographers from all over the world to document different daily life stories in Turkey.”

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