Stefano De Luigi – Kenya


As a documentary, Stefano De Luigi‘s works can rattle the hearts of even the most stone cold viewers. His 2009 series of works on the Kenyan drought is no exception. Stefano’s photographs show how the drought effects both the people and the animals, along with the land itself. The final product is unnerving to say the least.

“This tragedy, where animals and people were struggling to survive this terrible drought, was a sort of nightmare vision,” says Stefano, who used the drought as a lens through which to examine climate change more widely. “It’s about a future which could be waiting for all of us if we don’t deeply change our habits, if we don’t reconsider our way to share the resources of our planet with more sense of responsibility. This is, I think, the message that these images of suffering carry with them. A warning to consider our way of life differently, out of respect for all kinds of life on earth.”

Stefano has won three World Press Photo awards in different categories in 1998, 2008, and 2010 and has been published by magazines from the New Yorker to Time.

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