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Fabio Bucciarelli has documented the plight of refugees fleeing the revolutions of the "Arab Spring" since working in Libya in 2011.
Fabio Bucciarelli has documented the plight of refugees fleeing the revolutions of the "Arab Spring" since working in Libya in 2011.
Fabio Bucciarelli has documented the plight of refugees fleeing the revolutions of the "Arab Spring" since working in Libya in 2011.
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The Dream by Fabio Bucciarelli a Photo Book About Refugees

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A Stream of Humanity

Fabio Bucciarelli is an award winning photojournalist who has followed the story of refugees fleeing the revolutions and wars that followed the 'Arab Spring' since they began in 2011.  In 2012, his work from Syria won the coveted Robert Capa Gold Medal granted to "the best published photographic reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise."

ITA - Fabio Bucciarelli, fotografo freelance, documenta dal 2011 le storie dei profughi e dei migranti in fuga dalle guerre e rivoluzioni conosciute come Primavere Arabe. Nel 2013 il suo lavoro sul conflitto siriano è stato premiato con la prestigiosa Robert Capa Gold Medal.

Sub-Saharan refugees sit on the dock at the port of Augusta, Sicily waiting to be transferred to the first reception area. This is one of four images available as a print with the limited edition of "The Dream".
Sub-Saharan refugees sit on the dock at the port of Augusta, Sicily waiting to be transferred to the first reception area. This is one of four images available as a print with the limited edition of "The Dream".

When the first refugees, immigrant workers from Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan countries, were fleeing from violence in the Benghazi region of Libya, Bucciarelli recognized the tremendous suffering and intractable situation facing refugees. Even before the NATO intervention in Libya, hundreds of men and women were struggling to flee the conflict: a river of souls who came to Libya to work and found themselves in limbo, in a foreign country torn by war, with no way of returning home.

ITA - Cinque anni fa, quando i primi rifugiati - lavoratori immigrati provenienti dal Bangladesh e dai paesi sub sahariani - scappavano dagli scontri di Benghazi in Libia, Bucciarelli comincia a documentare la loro terribile sofferenza e l’inumana situazione. Già prima dell’intervento NATO in Libia, centinaia di uomini e donne lottavano per fuggire dagli scontri: un fiume di anime venute in Libia per trovare lavoro e incastrate in un limbo, in una nazione straniera dilaniata dalla guerra e senza possibilità di tornare indietro.

Syrian woman refugee observes the sea at the beach in Kiz Kalesi, while waiting to be allowed to board an illegal ship for Europe. This is one of four images available as a print in the limited edition of "The Dream".
Syrian woman refugee observes the sea at the beach in Kiz Kalesi, while waiting to be allowed to board an illegal ship for Europe. This is one of four images available as a print in the limited edition of "The Dream".

A year later, he saw the same frightened glances and broken dreams along the border between Syria and Turkey: Syrian citizens fleeing from violent battles between Assad's government and the Free Syrian Army. The beginning of a mass exodus that has now seen over seven and a half million Syrians displaced, making the current displacement of people the largest refugee migration since the Second World War.

ITA - Un anno dopo, Fabio ha ritrovato gli stessi sogni spezzati lungo il confine tra Siria e Turchia, dove intere famiglie fuggivano dai violenti scontri tra le forze di Assad e l’esercito libero siriano. Era l’inizio di un esodo di massa che ad oggi conta più di 7 milioni e mezzo di sfollati e che rappresenta la più grande diaspora di profughi dopo la Seconda Guerra Mondiale.

The Kawergosk refugee camp near Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, where more than 10.000 people are living.
The Kawergosk refugee camp near Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, where more than 10.000 people are living.

In the last five years, Fabio has dedicated himself to documenting the causes and consequences of this stream of humanity fleeing conflict. His work has taken him from the Italian island of Lampadusa, to Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Serbia, Macedonia and to the small Greek island of Lesbos where refugees continue to arrive from Turkey by the boatload every day.

ITA - Negli ultimi cinque anni, Fabio ha dedicato una parte importante del suo lavoro di documentazione alle vittime delle Primavere Arabe, viaggiando lungo il Mediterraneo e il Medio Oriente, dall’isola italiana di Lampedusa alla Siria, dall’Egitto all'Iraq, in Libia e in Turchia e attraverso la Macedonia e la Serbia, fino ad arrivare alla isola greca di Lesbo dove ogni giorno centinaia di persone attraversano il mare Egeo per entrare in Europa.

Italian Coast Guard intercepts a boat full of African migrants near Lampedusa Island, Italy.
Italian Coast Guard intercepts a boat full of African migrants near Lampedusa Island, Italy.

Everywhere among the refugees Bucciarelli found the same looks of desperation, the same stories of sorrow, the same pain of loss, and even times of happiness and hope. Human feelings amplified by the desperation of the moment. He discovered that the people he met were just like many people he knew. They came from across the economic spectrum, from workers to highly educated professionals. All of them had their lives upended. All of them now driven by the dream of a new life, a dream of a secure life for their families with the opportunity to work and prosper: a dream that sustains them through the overwhelming hardships, indignities and deprivations of the flight from war to refuge.

ITA - Lungo il suo percorso, Bucciarelli ha ritrovato gli stessi sentimenti umani, la stessa di disperazione e gli stessi sorrisi. La sua macchina fotografica entra nell’intimo della storia, proprio dove le emozioni umane vengono amplificate, scoprendo così il sogno che guida tutte le persone in fuga verso una nuova esistenza, il sogno di una vita lontano dalla guerra, il sogno di un lavoro e la speranza di non avere più paura.

A man from Syria sleeps on a local train that, crossing Macedonia, carries him from Gevdelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border, to Tabanovce on the Serbian border.  This is one of four images available as a print in the limited edition of "The Dream."
A man from Syria sleeps on a local train that, crossing Macedonia, carries him from Gevdelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border, to Tabanovce on the Serbian border. This is one of four images available as a print in the limited edition of "The Dream."

The Dream

Fabio's book is called “The Dream” because, without a dream to sustain them, the individual people who make up this remarkable stream of humanity could never make the torturous journey in search of refuge. "The Dream" will tell their stories, reveal their humanity and show the strength of people who are sustained by a dream to be free of war, to find safety, to recover their dignity and to build meaningful lives again.

ITA - Il libro di Fabio si chiama "The Dream," perché è proprio il sogno il punctum di questo viaggio. Il sogno di milioni di persone in fuga dai conflitti e dalla fame, diventato motore dello straziante cammino in cerca di rifugio. ”The Dream" racconta l’umanità di tutte queste persone, con un focus sullo status del profugo, indipendentemente dalla sua provenienza o dal suo destino, dal suo background culturale o dalla sua appartenenza sociale.

A smuggler smokes a cigarette during an interview in a hotel in Mersin, Turkey. This is one of four images available as a print in the limited edition of "The Dream".
A smuggler smokes a cigarette during an interview in a hotel in Mersin, Turkey. This is one of four images available as a print in the limited edition of "The Dream".

 Join Fabio and FotoEvidence in making “The Dream” a reality. By joining us in bringing “The Dream” to publication you will be part of documenting the humanity of the hundreds of thousands of refugees seeking help in Europe and around the world. With your help “The Dream” will punctuate five years of an unfolding human crisis whose outcome cannot be predicted but whose development needs to be documented humanely.

ITA - Unisciti a Fabio e a FotoEvidence nel fare diventare "The Dream" realtà. Aiutandoci a pubblicare "The Dream," diventerai anche tu parte integrante nella documentazione di una crisi umanitaria senza paragoni, che necessita di essere umanamente testimoniata.

Tunisian refugees on the bus that bring them to the first reception centre after their arrival at the italian island of Lampedusa.
Tunisian refugees on the bus that bring them to the first reception centre after their arrival at the italian island of Lampedusa.

 The Book

The hardcover book will measure 33 x 24 cm., contain around 180 black and white images and stories from many refugee. Images were shot with different cameras including a hand-made pinhole camera. 

The book will be printed on high-quality paper at Ofset Yapemevi in Istanbul where all of FotoEvidence's book are printed to perfection. A numbered, limited edition of 100 copies will include a signed 20 x 30 cm. archival limited edition (25) print of one of four images from "The Dream." The available images are among the images presented above.

Philip Blenkinsop will contribute an essay reflecting on Bucciarelli's photographs. 

Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies Director for Human Rights Watch (HRW), who is working with the onslaught of people seeking refuge in Europe, will write an introduction for "The Dream."

Fabio's work on refugees has been supported in part by Leica Fotografie International/LFI.

ITA - Il libro, stampato in 1000 copie, avrà la copertina rigida e conterrà circa 180 immagini in bianco e nero, oltre che diverse storie personali. Le immagini di 'The Dream' sono state scattate con diversi tipi di macchine fotografiche, compresa una stenopeica realizzata artigianalmente. Verrà stampato su carta di alta qualità presso il laboratorio Ofset Yapemevi di Istanbul, dove sono stati realizzati con successo tutti i libri di FotoEvidence. Verrà inoltre fatta un’edizione speciale numerata e limitata di 100 copie che includerà anche una stampa fine art di 30cmX20cm firmata e dedicata dall'artista. 

Philip Blenkinsop scriverà la prefazione fotografica del libro.

Peter Bouckaert, Direttore Emergenza di Human Rights Watch (HRW), che lavora da anni sulla crisi profughi e migranti, scriverà l'introduzione del libro. 

Fabio Bucciarelli in the media

TIME Magazine

Huffington Post

Overseas Press Club | Robert Capa Gold Medal

RAI 3 | Che Tempo che Fa

Video production courtesy of Guillem Valle / MeMo
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