Born in Cuneo, Italy in 1971, Roberto has a Master in Photography from the International Center of Photography in New York, a school directed by Cornell Capa, where he was admitted in 1993. In 1995 he began his career as a photographer in New York and in 1999 he opened his first studio, RP RICCI PHOTOGRAPHY. Parallel to the activity of commercial / advertising photographer, he has always developed and worked on personal projects, including UNDERGROUND 1992 Sulcis-Iglesiente strike miners INTERNALLY DISPLACED 1993 Bosnian refugee camps in Slovenia COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS 1996/1997 Life and sport in the cowboy tradition DRESS CODE 9/11 2001 Portraits after 11 September POSITIVE DEVIANTS 2005/2006 Vietnam SUBWAY NOTES Musicians and Artists in the 2013 NYC Subway ANEMOS 2017/2018 A series of portraits of refugees seeking asylum in Italy. AWARDS: 2017 PDN Story Tellers Awards winner (People Category) 2017 Honorable Mention International Photo Awards 2018 Bronze Medal Prix de la Photographie Paris 2019 Finalist World Report Award (NGO Category) 2020 Winner Fine Art International Awards (Portrait Category) 2020 Highly Commended at Siena Creative Awards.
[ ÀNEMOS: wind(v. Animo). Principle of life in every organized being; ]
A personal project that features portraits of refugees who have arrived in Italy from countries plagued by war and poverty and are awaiting asylum. While history honors famous journeyers, these refugees embark on dangerous travels not for glory, money, or war but for freedom.
What shift in values leads us to hand over the first ones to history and ignore the others?
With a provocative choice, therefore, these guys, mostly from Africa, but also from Afghanistan and Pakistan, dress like the great travelers of the world, as if to demand the same respect and dignity for their gestures.
I have photographed them as historical and famous figures, such as Colombo, Magellan, David Livingstone, Jacque Cousteau, King Alfred, Amelia Earhart, Robert Peary, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Henry Morton Stanley, Alexander the Great, and other explorers, conquistadors, and generals, inspired by classic paintings and photographs.
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