The sequence alternates situations of powerfull action and images of very emotional impact, that give the intimate stories of people who had to deal with the events as much as the documentation of the places.
The tragedy of a civil war is told with absolute stylistic uniformity thorugh picture that will make the viewer dive in the drama.
Pictures with an high journalistic value tell the conflict and the total involvment of the Syrian society in all its component.
Listen to the phone call to Fabio Bucciarelli for the award communication (ITALIAN LANGUAGE):
BATTLE TO DEATH
Aleppo, Syria. September/October 2012
In the wake of the Arab Spring, in March 2011 public demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad begin in Syria. The protest aims to lead the Syrian President to implement the reforms needed to give a democratic State. The government’s reaction is carried out by deploying armed forces to suppress the rebellion in blood. Within a short time the clashes erupt all over the country and result in a civil war, an ongoing conflict that sees the government’s forces opposed to the Free Syrian Army coalition.
During the summer of 2012, after more than a year of conflict, the bloodiest battle reaches Aleppo, the largest Syrian city become a stronghold of the revolutionary forces. The battle for the conquest of the city becomes a real massacre: everyday the revolution fighters, only armed with Kalashnikov, face the loyalist army and its tanks and airplanes.The media interest does not do justice to what is happening since more than two years in Syria: unlike Libya, the lack of oil resources and the games of the Great Powers make the International Community just a spectator of people who fight alone against their President. The war is still going on and the number of dead, according to the United Nation, reaches more than 100,000. The photos are taken between October and November 2012 in Syria. For the entire period I lived with the FSA fighters reporting the strong reality of this conflict. The images try to describe the cruelty of war and its effect on the civilian population. From mid-july 2012 the Free Syrian Army fights for the control of the northern city of Aleppo. President Bashar al-Assad tries to regain command of the city using all kind of weapons, turning the war into a massacre for the civilian population.
Fabio Bucciarelli (Italy, 1980) is a documentary photographer who focus his attention on conflicts and humanitarian consequences of war. Fabio spent the latest years covering the major world changing events in Africa and Middle East. He reported from Libya from its earliest stages until the death of Gheddafi, from Syria during the civil war and from forgotten countries in Africa as South Sudan and Mali. He feels the urgency to tell the stories of people who are rendered powerless and provide unbiased information focused on human rights.
Before becoming a photographer, in 2006, Fabio received the MS in Engineering from Politecnico of Turin. After, he attended the Universidad of Valencia where he specialized in Digital Imaging. From 2009 he devoted himself entirely to photography and started working as staff member for La Presse/Ap. A couple of years later, he leaved the agency to dedicate his attention fully to Documentary Photography. He collaborates with AFP, LUZphoto and with different NGOs.
In 2013 his project on Syria won the Robert Capa Gold Medal awarded by the Overseas Press Club of America, the prestigious award that recognizes the best published photographic reporting from abroad, requiring exceptional courage and enterprise. He has also been awarded by World Press Photo, Pictures of The Year, SONY World Photography Organisation and FotoEvidence Book Awards.
His work has been published by The New York Time, TIME Magazine, The Times, The Guardian and Observer, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Stern, Die Zeit, Paris Match, La Repubblica among others.
Recently he also started writing for italian newspapers.
Beside all this, he wrote the book “The Smell of the War” on the Libyan Conflict.
2013: The Robert Capa Gold Medal – Overseas Press Club of America
2013: World Press Photo – 2nd prize Spot News Story – Battle to Death project
2013: Premio Amilcare Ponchielli – GRIN Editori – 1st prize with the project Battle To Death
2013: Sony World Photo Award – 3rd prize Current Affairs category
2013: POYi – Pictures Of the Year International – 2nd prize Spot News Story
2013: Leica Oskar Barnack Award – finalist
2013: FotoEvidence Book Awards – finalist with “Battle to Death” project
2013 Kuala Lumpur International PhotoAwards – Finalist, Portrait Category
2012: Top Pics by Country at IPA – International Photography Award
2012: IPA – International Photography Award – 1st prize, category war/conflict
2012: Selected for the Final of the Prix ANI (Association Nationale des Iconographes), Perpignan, France.
2012: FOTO8 Summershow (UK) – Finalist
2012: Kuala Lumpur International PhotoAwards – 1st prize, Portrait Category
2012: Professional Photgrapher of the Year – 1st prize, Editorial News Category
2012: Sony World Photography Award – Finalist, Current Affairs Category
2011: IPA – International Photography Award – 6 Honorable Mentions
2011: FIOF Awards nokon Contest – Multi-awarded
2010: Gijon Photography Contest (Spain) – Finalist
Selected EXHIBITIONS and LECTURES
2013: Conference at John Cabot University about the new role of photojournalist (sponsored by Nppa)
2013: Masterclass at FotoSfera, Torino, Italy
2012: Personal Exhibition EVIDENCE – White Gallery Trento (Museo Storico del Trentino)
2012: Personal Exhibition: L’Odore della Guerra, Palazzo Medici, Firenze (Italy)
2012: A World Elsewhere: group Exhibition at Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) – UK
2012: Group Exhibition at FotoOviedoPress 2012 / Estallido Arabe
2012: Personal exhibition: L’Odore della Guerra, Premio Ilaria Alpi, Riccione, Italy
2012: Group exhibition at Foto8 Gallery, London, UK
2012: Personal exhibition: L’Odore della Guerra, Arezzo Wave 2012, Italy
2012: Personal exhibition: L’Odore della Guerra, Spazio Morini, Arezzo, Toscana, Italy
2012: Group exhibition at Wherehouse Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malayesia
2012: Personal exhibition at Salone del Libro di Torino, Italy
2012: Conference “War Journalism“at Festival della TV e dei New Media, Dogliani
2012: Personal exhibition: L’Odore della Guerra, Gallerie di Piedicastello, Trento, Italy
2012: Personal exhibition: L’Odore della Guerra, Rovereto, Italy
2012: Conference at Babel Festival, Le Primtemps Arabe, Aosta, Italy
2012: Group exhibition: Uprising in Athens, Somerset House, Sony World Photography Award, London, UK
2012: Group exhibition: Gaddafi, The Print Space, The Photographer of the Year Exhibition, London, UK
2011: Conference, Primavera Araba, Un anno dopo. La Stampa, Torino, Italy
2010: Conference at Ojo de Pez Meeting, Barcelona, Spain