Riccardo Venturi Photographer
PROJECTS
HAITI AFTERMATH
On 12th January 2010, Haiti was hit by a catastrophic earthquake killing more than 220,000 people. Even before this tragedy, Haiti had to face daily emergencies and difficult conditions such as: poverty, political violence and organized crime. The earthquake made the Haitian situation more tragic. According to UNHCR estimates, there are about 1.5 million displaced people that survive in emergency camps without running water or health services. This photographic project reports the aftermath of the quake. It reveals the devastation, the victims, the lack of social assistance and the hard living conditions of the displaced people. It also shows the development of the social and political situation and the steps to rebuild communities.
AFGHANISTAN
This is a long term project started in October 1996, when Kabul fell into Taliban hands. This is a portrait of a country torn by more than 30 years long conflict, that doesn’t leave space for hope. This is a story of the countries dramatic events starting from the war with the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, to the American assault and the fall of Khandhar. The project shows the victims of the conflict that are mostly civilian hostages and the logic of a war that seems to never end.
KOSOVO - THE WAR IN EUROPE
Kosovo, the cradle of Serbian civilization and culture, and so-called “sacred land”, has always been a land of many ethnic and religious conflicts. The war in Kosovo began in 1998 with an armed conflict between the Serbian Army and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and has been one of the most prominent examples of human rights violation. The escalating conflict, its disastrous humanitarian consequences and the risk of it spreading to other countries became a matter of grave concern to the international community. All this pushed NATO to intervene militarily with the bombing campaign in Kosovo and Serbia. It forced the Serb troop withdrawal and a peace agreement. The political situation in Kosovo remains unstable and despite the independence of the country there are still strong tensions between Muslim and Albanians and the Orthodox-Serbian populations. This photographic reportage follows the evolution of the crisis and documents the phases of the conflict and the crimes against the civilian population committed by both sides.
TB
Tuberculosis is a common airborne infectious disease and is second only to HIV/AIDS. About one third of the world population is thought to be infected with TB, whilst in 2010 there were 1.4 million associated deaths. The project began in 2006 working in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). It focuses on documenting the TB situation in Rwanda, Somalia, Afghanistan and Kenya, one of the most affected areas in Africa. The project also includes Italy and the US (New York and Newark) where TB should supposedly not be an issue. The report not only focuses on how the illness impacts different countries in the world but portrays the patients and documents their daily lives. This project is also focused on highlighting how treatments can cure and prolong the lives of those affected by TB, provided they undergo the proper treatment.
WHITE DEATHS
Everyday in Italy there are 2,500 industrial accidents. On average 3 people die every day and 27 are maimed for life. According to INAIL data, in 2007 there were more than 1200 so called “white deaths”: an unacceptable number for one of the seven most developed and richest countries in the world. The huge number of white deaths is not the only frightening data provided by the statistics. Another alarming data concerns the huge rise in professional illnesses. Professional illnesses caused by contact with toxic substances, such as asbestos or CVM (vinyl chloride), develop over a long period of time and appear when people are weaker. Considering the carcinoma latency period, INAIL asserts that the peak of illness-related problems will occur in 2025. Italy is a Democratic Republic based on labour, but Italian workers pay too high a price for it.

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