Honorable Mention / 2021 / Press / Travel/Tourism

Chouara Tannery

The tanneries, or Chouara, of Fez in Morocco, are famous all over the world. The leather processing method has remained unchanged for 1000 years.
The hides are softened in the tubs that contain a mixture of water, salt, lime and cow urine. Then they are scratched to remove excess hair. Before moving on to dyeing, they are again immersed in other tanks that contain water and pigeon dung. The latter makes the leathers softer, facilitating the absorption of color in the dyeing process. The tanner stamps them with his feet for up to 3 hours. All this for a few euros of salary a day.

My passion for tribal people has allowed me to visit several states in India, Asia and Africa to take photo-reportage such as those on the last tattooed women, both Indian and Burmese and ethiopian tribes. Reportage, however, is not the only photographic genre that excites me but I am generally attracted to everything that strikes me from a photographic point of view.
I teach photography and I am the author of two illustrated books.
My photos have been exhibited in various exhibitions receiving prizes and awards.

Awards Local prizes and award in Italy.
Finalist at SIPA Award 2020.
Bronze medal at Prix de la photographie Paris 2020, in the Portraiture category.
Finalist at Urban Photo Awards 2020
Atlas of humanity contributor.