Honorable Mention / 2021 / Portraiture / Other

The People of the Abyss

The latest surveys show that in Italy 4,6 million people live in absolute poverty and cannot afford goods and services which are considered essential for an acceptable living condition. Moreover, 1 Italian out of 5 is at risk of poverty.
“The People of the Abyss” wants to give a face to the people behind the surveys through a journey across Italy of 2020. From North to South, in the suburbs, the little towns and the alleys of the big city centers to gather the testimonies of those who live in difficult economic situations.

Gabriele Guida (Rome, 1989) is a freelance photographer, documentary director and filmmaker. His stories focus on social, environmental, and anthropological issues, alternating long-term projects, editorial work, and documentaries.
After three years at the “Scuola Roma di Fotografia”, he undertakes Emiliano Mancuso’s Master’s degree in photojournalism, at the “Officine Fotografiche” in Rome.
His news reports have been published in national and foreign weekly newspapers.
Moreover, he worked as a corporate photographer for many companies.