Andrea Frazzetta

Andrea Frazzetta is a documentary photographer, contributor to The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. He was born in Lecce, in Southern Italy. He grew up in Milan, where he studied art and architecture. One week after his graduation, he took a flight for the Amazon Forest, following a small NGO, where he realized his first photo story. Since then, he decided to devote himself entirely to photography using it as a mean for discovery and story-telling. He started traveling and worked on several photo reportages, mainly in Africa, South America and in the Mediterranean area. He has worked on personal projects and assignments in more than 60 countries around the world. His work has been published in magazines such as The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, GEO, El Pais Semanal, Newsweek China, Internazionale, D of Repubblica, Vanity Fair. He has exhibited and screened his photographs in a large number of personal and collective exhibitions, among which: The International Photographic Festival of Arles, the Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Visa Pour l’Image – the International Festival of Photojournalism of Perpignan, Cortona On The Move and and the Festival Internazionale della Fotografia of Rome. Andrea’s work has been recognized through several photography awards: the Canon Prize Italian Young Photographer, the PDN photo annual, the American Photography, the PX3 – Prix De La Photographie Paris. He was nominated for the World Press Photo Masterclass and for the Foam Award. In 2017 his work from Danakil is among the winners of the PND Photo Annual, The American Photography, The Fence and is the recipient of a GOLD MEDAL – Feature Story Category – from the Society of Publication Designers. “Danakil: Land of Salt and Fire” has also became a Virtual Reality documentary, filmed and produced for the New York Times. Andrea’s latest series “The Life and Death Shift” has been awarded the Ischia International Journalism Prize 2020, conferred by the Order of Italian Journalists under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. First time for a photographic work.

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    “If you go to Danakil seeking adventures, you will not be able to go beyond your own shallowness. Which will appear unbearable even to you. The white-hot sun, the indifference of the Afars, the monotony of a desert devoid of colors will make you feel naked and helpless. And your balance, both mental and physical, will be in danger of going into pieces. You have to be able to defend yourself in the Danakil. You have to show, especially to yourself, to have a soul of a poet. The ones who venture to go to the Danakil do it to change their point of view.” From the book “Dancalia, camminando sul fondo di un mare scomparso” by Andrea Semplici, Ed. Terre di Mezzo. Endless stretches of salt, lakes with psychedelic colors and active volcanoes: this land, which is constantly changing, is heaven and hell together – an ancestral place where you can still watch the phenomena that gave rise to the world. Located in the northern part of the Afar’s Triangle, which takes its name from the nomadic people who live there, the vast Danakil depression is the place where the constantly expanding of three tectonic plates join together, close to the border area among Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. This land made of re, salt and lava close to the Rift Valley – the long breach that bisects the continent – is a ghost ocean. It is from the retreat of the sea, evaporated twenty- thousand years ago, that the Danakil has gained its peculiarity: to be a spread of evaporitic rocks that gives rise to the Great Plain of Salt – a desert which stretches for about 600 kilometers. This is one of the most vulnerable places of our world: the re is just below our feet, ve kilometers away. There is a crust that is subjected to stresses of all kinds, a part of the planet where you feel the throbbing heart of the Earth. In this vast plain, the Afars’ huts built with mud and twigs appear like a mirage. These nomads, who are mainly devoted to the extraction of minerals, live in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, the hottest inhabited place in the world, with very little vegetation and temperatures that can reach 120°F degrees. The Afar people seem to have appeared from nowhere. They have kept a strong identity without having a testimony to their story. Their economy was, and is, precarious. They are nomads struggling with the hostility of the climate. They have adapted to survive in a harsh and impossible land.

    Andrea Frazzetta

    Danakil

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    25x25cm

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    “If you go to Danakil seeking adventures, you will not be able to go beyond your own shallowness. Which will appear unbearable even to you. The white-hot sun, the indifference of the Afars, the monotony of a desert devoid of colors will make you feel naked and helpless. And your balance, both mental and physical, will be in danger of going into pieces. You have to be able to defend yourself in the Danakil. You have to show, especially to yourself, to have a soul of a poet. The ones who venture to go to the Danakil do it to change their point of view.” From the book “Dancalia, camminando sul fondo di un mare scomparso” by Andrea Semplici, Ed. Terre di Mezzo. Endless stretches of salt, lakes with psychedelic colors and active volcanoes: this land, which is constantly changing, is heaven and hell together – an ancestral place where you can still watch the phenomena that gave rise to the world. Located in the northern part of the Afar’s Triangle, which takes its name from the nomadic people who live there, the vast Danakil depression is the place where the constantly expanding of three tectonic plates join together, close to the border area among Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. This land made of re, salt and lava close to the Rift Valley – the long breach that bisects the continent – is a ghost ocean. It is from the retreat of the sea, evaporated twenty- thousand years ago, that the Danakil has gained its peculiarity: to be a spread of evaporitic rocks that gives rise to the Great Plain of Salt – a desert which stretches for about 600 kilometers. This is one of the most vulnerable places of our world: the re is just below our feet, ve kilometers away. There is a crust that is subjected to stresses of all kinds, a part of the planet where you feel the throbbing heart of the Earth. In this vast plain, the Afars’ huts built with mud and twigs appear like a mirage. These nomads, who are mainly devoted to the extraction of minerals, live in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, the hottest inhabited place in the world, with very little vegetation and temperatures that can reach 120°F degrees. The Afar people seem to have appeared from nowhere. They have kept a strong identity without having a testimony to their story. Their economy was, and is, precarious. They are nomads struggling with the hostility of the climate. They have adapted to survive in a harsh and impossible land.

    Andrea Frazzetta

    Danakil

    AVAILABLE FOR 17 DAYS

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