Salvatore Santoro

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The first days of october 1944, End of WWII.
Marzabotto, a small town near Bologna.
In reprisal for helping the partisans, more than 770 peoples were massacred in cold blood by the Nazis.
240 of the victims were kids from 1 to 16 years old. 316 were woman.
Verbrannte Erde, Scorched Land.
After this dramatic event of almost 70 years ago, Marzabotto’s land and men yet today have failed of recovering.

Verbrannte Erde is Salvatore Santoro’s formal investigation of the town and its outskirts,
He wanders through a vacant landscape and town streets, scavenging fragments of evidence and scraps of memory, outlining a visual research into the fabric of a wounded town.

In the words of Massimo Zamboni, Italian musician:
“Salvatore’s lens glimpsed it: Marzabotto teach us the embarrassment of looking each other as of today.”


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Product Description

60 pages – 16×23 cm
papers: Munken Lynx
Fedrigoni Tintoretto
Fedrigoni Sirio Cherry
300 copies
Introduction by Massimo Zamboni

“Hello. My name is Salvatore. I live near Bologna, in Italy.
I accepted the life. I live to die. But basically, who cares? I’m a lucky boy. I have the death always with me. I’m working for the future.”

Salvatore Santoro lives and work in Bologna, Italy.
His first photobook is the self-published “Saluti da Pinetamare”, selected for the Dummy Award 2012 Kassel and shown in more than twenty photobook fairs and events.


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