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Nicola Lo Calzo July 5, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Niger.
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Niger 2008

Nicola Lo Calzo (b.1979, Italy) initially trained as a landscape architect and subsequently obtained a Master of Visual Arts at the University of Turin in his native city where he began his photographic career. Since 2005 Nicola lives and works in Paris. Portraiture and reportage with the focus on identity and socio-cultural considerations of his subjects are his major interests. He was nominated  for the Magnum Expression Award in 2009 and HSBC Photography Award the same year. Nicola is currently working on “Morgante”, a photographic project about “the minorities” in West Africa.”

About the Photograph:

“These photographs are part of a series called ‘Inside Niger, Portraits from Sahel’ commissioned by the Paris City Council and Conseil General de Val de Marne. They were shot in the Tillaberi and Dosso  region of Niger. The photographs compose an eclectic portrait of the Niger river universe where every person searches for identity through their work in one of the poorest countries of the world. In each of the portraits the subjects stressed the value and  identity derived from their work. I spent all my day in the fields talking with the farmers. Bachir was working on a vegetable garden along the river when I passed to visit him and his friends. It was 5 pm and the sun was setting. He brought me to see a part of his field when I noticed his back. His dignity and pride touched me deeply. The way he walked along the path. I shot at that moment.”

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