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Massimo Berruti March 24, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Pakistan.

Supporters of the “Pakistan Muslim League”. Rawalpindi, Pakistan 2008

Massimo Berruti (b.1979, Italy) completed a short course in photography in 2003. and has since been freelancing in Eastern Europe and Italy where he worked on stories about immigration, suburbs and the Industry crisis. In 2007 he began traveling in central Asia, particularly Pakistan and Afghanistan doing projects on social and political issues. His photographs have been published in l’Espresso, Internazionale, D la Repubblica delle Donne, Le Monde 2 and The Independent. Massimo received the second prize for his reportage on contemporary issues at the World Press Photo 2007, and  also received the Jury Special Mention at the Scoop International Festival of Angers in 2008. The same year he was selected for the 15th Joop Swart Master Class and received the International Photography Award. In 2009, he won the Perpignan Young Reporter’s Award.

About the Photograph:

“I made this photo of supporters of PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz) in Rawalpindi during the speech of one of their main local leaders. It was my first time in Pakistan. I went there to cover the presidential elections that were taking place just a couple of months after the Benazir Bhutto Assassination. People was still deeply shocked by that event and the fear, rage, hope and happiness were all melted together in a highly confused atmosphere. In this melted emotions I recognized mine. What drew me to take this photograph was the man in the middle. He appeared so calm surrounded by the others, all shouting and singing in a kind of state of ecstasy.”

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