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A 10-year photographic journey along the Ganges, documenting the devastating effects of pollution, industrialisation and climate change
A 10-year photographic journey along the Ganges, documenting the devastating effects of pollution, industrialisation and climate change
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About the project

I have been working on my photo story Ganga Ma for the past 10 years. This project maps the river Ganges from its source in the Himalayas in India, all the way to its delta in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh.

The main character of my story is a non-human entity: a river. I decided to treat it as a human being and create a flow that would document the river as if I was documenting the life of a person. I thought it was significant then, that in 2017 Mother Ganga was recognised as a living entity by the High Court of the state of Uttarakhand.

In documenting life on the Ganges, I became witness to the devastating effects of climate change, industrialisation and urbanisation. With so many miles and lives at stake, it is clear that the river is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and an ecological disaster. For me, this is the most powerful metaphor of our conflicted approach to the natural world today: Mother Ganga is subject to the best and worst of human pressure, it is both revered and desecrated.

Print A - 'Along the Ganges, India, 2014'
Print A - 'Along the Ganges, India, 2014'
Print B - 'Farakka, India, 2013'
Print B - 'Farakka, India, 2013'

When I started this project I was in a moment in my career where I was more interested in a long term form of photography, and I was looking for a way to push the boundaries of documentary photography.   

With my images I was looking to show through atmosphere, color and composition something that you cannot see but you can feel is there; you can feel that something is happening and changing around you. I was looking to present the quieter moments, what goes unnoticed and yet, is very revealing and charged. 

Print C - 'Bihar, India, 2014'
Print C - 'Bihar, India, 2014'

About the book

I am delighted that the award-winning photo book designer and publisher Stuart Smith has agreed to work with me on this book to create a beautiful and collectable object. Ganga Ma will be an elegant hardback publication, for which we have selected paper and materials of the highest quality. It will be printed by EBS in Verona, Italy and published by GOST Books.

I am also thrilled that my images will be accompanied by the words of curator Eimear Martin and world-famous author and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva. Time Magazine identified Vandana as an 'Environmental Hero', and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia.

Ganga Ma is due to go to print in February, and will be shipped by the end of April-beginning of May 2019.

Book details:
 165mm x 240mm
 Hardback clothbound
 68 plates, 136 pages
 1000 copies

Limited edition: 
 Handmade, clothbound box containing a signed book and a limited edition 8”x10” archival print. Edition of 50.

Awards and project recognition

In the course of the years Ganga Ma has received a number of awards and great responses from the photography community. Among many accolades, it was awarded the Getty Images Editorial Grant 2014, the 1st Place in the Protogrvphy Grant 2018 – Climate Category and was exhibited as part of the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 and LensCulture Exposure Awards 2018 at the Somerset House, London.

I am happy to be now represented by the renowned Milan-based gallery Podbielski Contemporary, that will be exhibiting a selection of works from this series at MIA Photo Fair in Milan and at Photo London 2019

To bring this book together, I need your help.

In exchange of your generous contribution you will be able to choose from a number of exclusive rewards that I put together just for this campaign, including limited edition prints, workshops and the opportunity of a one-to-one mentorship.

Thank you so much for your time and support!

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Biography

I am an Italian visual artist currently based in London. After my studies at the European Institute of Design and Visual Arts in Rome, I decided to move to India where I spent several years refining my visual vocabulary, working throughout much of Asia and Africa. Much of my personal work focuses on human adversity in climates of environmental and technological evolution. 

Among the awards I received for my work are three World Press Photo prizes, the Getty Editorial and Reportage grants, the Sony World Photography Awards, the British Journal of Photography International Awards and the Lens Culture Exposure Award.

I am a regular lecturer and portfolio reviewer at international photography events and a contributor to a wealth of publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Wired, Geo and the Financial Times. My work has been exhibited in festivals and galleries worldwide and is held in private collections.

Risks and challenges

I want this book to be the best it could be in terms of design and printing so all the funds raised and some of my own savings will support the significant costs of producing this publication. The work is complete, the essays are being proofread, the design is being finalised. GOST Books has a great deal of experience in the production of high-quality photobooks and we will do everything in our power to adhere to the schedule indicated in our campaign. I will share regular progress updates so that you can see how the process is moving forward.

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    Ganga Ma book + 6"x 8" print (A)

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    Limited edition book + 8"x 10" print (C)

    Handmade, clothbound box with one signed copy of the book and one limited edition 8"x10" archival print of 'Bihar, India, 2014' (Print C, see left). Edition of 50, signed and numbered on verso.

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    Ganga Ma book + workshop in London

    -One signed copy of the book (collect in London during the workshop)
    -A place on the group workshop 'How Not to Design a Photobook' with Giulio Di Sturco and acclaimed book designer Stuart Smith.

    Stuart and Giulio will discuss what makes books work (or fail), give advice and guide each participant in sequencing their project for the book form.

    One-day workshop at GOST Books offices in London. Exact date TBC, between May and December 2019.

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    Ganga Ma book + one-to-one workshop

    -One signed copy of the book (collect in person during the workshop)
    -2-day long, one-to-one workshop with Giulio Di Sturco in London or in Italy (exact location TBD).

    Starting with a portfolio review, this 2-day workshop covers the importance of visual storytelling, editing and presentation of your current photo stories, and how to develop a long-term project.

    Only 5 workshops available. Exact location and dates to be agreed with each backer.

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    Ganga Ma book+ 6-month online mentorship

    -One signed copy of the book (includes shipping anywhere in the world)
    -A unique opportunity of a 6-month, one-to-one online mentorship with Giulio Di Sturco, with bi-monthly Skype calls and ongoing reviews.

    Intended for intermediate to advanced students, this mentorship will enable you to delve deep into your own personal projects and develop them into powerful photo essays.

    Only 3 mentorships available.

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