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Rocco Rorandelli July 2, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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E. and his Son at Home. Yonkers, New York, 2007

Rocco Rorandelli was born in Florence in 1973. His interest in photography commenced at an early age, but it wasn’t until completing his doctoral studies in Biology that he decided to commit to his lifelong passion. He has complted projects in Africa, the Americas, and Europe. His photos have been published in magazines such as D di Repubblica, Vanity Fair, Corriere della Sera Magazine, as well as shown in exhibits in Europe and the U.S. His work has also been shown in numerous advertising, fund raising and awareness campaigns for various social (Terre des hommes, UniCOOP) and academic institutions such as Cornell University and Sarah Lawrence College. He is a founding member of the Terra Project photo collective and is represented by Grazia Neri.

About the Photograph:

“This work on the Latin-American community in New York had a very slow start. It took me several weeks to get this close to someone, to be invited in their home. It wasn’t a matter of shyness. I simply did not feel right asking as I could tell they did not feel inviting. I often see this happening, trust building all in a sudden, when you don’t expect it. I was supposed to fly to New Orleans that weekend, and I had not yet accessed the private circle of friends of any of the workers I had met. That Friday night, a snowstorm reached NYC and the next day my flight from La Guardia was postponed for three days. That’s how I found myself in Yorkers early in the morning, and how I was invited the next day for a Dominican and Mexican lunch. I missed something in New Orleans, I gained memories and closeness in Yonkers, this is one of the several outcomes of changing plans.” (more…)