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Nicola Okin Frioli July 14, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Italy.
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Sardinia, Italy 2008

Nicola Okin Frioli (b.1980, Italy) has been working for several years in the areas of reportage and portraiture. Since 2004 he has traveled through Northern Mexico, India, Pakistan, Kashmir and Sardinia. His work has been published in The New Yorker Magazine, Geo, The Guardian, Internazionale, I Viaggi del Sole (RCS Periodici), Io Donna (Republica), La Jornada, Vanity Fair, Maclean’s Magazine, The Financial Times and others. His photographs were included in the exhibit ‘Resiliencia’ at Photo Espana in 2009. Nicola works with the Anzeberger Photo Agency in Austria and is currently based in Mexico City.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph is from my project ‘The Last Sardinian Shepherds. Being an island, Sardinia has maintained its secret customs. It has done so with an aging population as there are few possibilities this independent region of Italy offers for young people. Sheep rearing has always been the driving force of Sardinia for centuries, but it is dying. There are more than three and a half million sheep, cows, goats in Sardinia- many more than Spain and France. Until recently, a shepherd could support his family and also have savings. They are now unable to survive. Nowadays, Sardinian shepherds must choose between remaining in a state of poverty because of restriction from manufacturers and banks who undersell their livestock, or turn to crime in desperation.”

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