Talent of the Year 2020 - FINALIST: Stefano Stranges
The victims of our wealth - Life in Sodom and Gomorrah
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Accra - Ghana.
Its name is Agbogbloshie, but when you look for it, you better ask for “Sodom and Gomorrah”, everyone knows it with that name. It is the black dump of the West.
100,000 tons a year including mobiles, fridges, televisions, computers.
Here, they are burnt, opened, selected, recycled and re-sold, to then enter again the cycle of production and sale. 80,000 is the estimated population, mainly coming from the North and the most depressed areas of Ghana.
They, the “victims of our wealth”, are just on the lowest level of the exploitation pyramid of the e-waste.
“My son and my house are the most precious things I have”, says Rashida while proudly letting us into her den made of cardboard and fridge skeletons.
Though here “houses” change every day. The writing “Understanding the times” on the metal sheets of the once bus and roof for some of them actually seems to be a warning of it.
I’m n Italian independent photoreporter.
In 2006, after a degree in Intercultural Communication, I started to work as photographer in Fashion/corporate and event/travel reportage.
Courrently I cooperate with various NGO’s in social photo-projects and with agencies and magazines in photo-documentary.
My works are published in various italian magazine like La Stampa, Jesus, Il Reportage, Rolling Stone, Left, Il Manifesto and several web-magazine focused in photojournalism and essay/documentary photography.
In January 2012 I attended a “Masterclass” of the renowned agency MAGNUM.
Over the last years I was invited to conduct several meetings on my photography projects, including a seminar at Pailan School of International Studies, Calcutta, january 2013.
In 2016 I started a long term project about the Elettronic supply chain. The first part of the reportage was focused on the mineral extraction in Nord Kivu (DR Congo) and was presented in the exhibition “The victims of our wealth” (Finalist project at Sifest Premio Pesaresi 2016, Onorable Mention at International Photographer of the Year 2017 e silver medal at Tokyo International Photography Award TIFA 2018).
In 2017 I co-founded the CollettivoX with other three photoreporters. It’s a collective focused in the teaching of photography.
In 2018 I won the “festival dei diritti umani” with my work “Le bambine salvate” and I started a long term partnership with Terre Des Hommes Italia.