Silver / 2016 / Press / General News

ONE WAY ONLY

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/General News
  • Photographer
    STEFANO SCHIRATO

I decided to work on the migrants issue because I felt I had to watch with my own eyes this historic event, to take part of it and to tell it through my photographs. The main idea was to show these people’s stories and emotions by catching specific moods, such as desperation, joy, satisfaction, and fear. The migrants’ journey, their passage, thousands of feet stepping along paths and railways; it all stays on the background. Through my eyes, that huge multitude turns out to be a gallery of faces, depicting a variety of personal feelings: a woman’s eyes among the crowd, the loving gesture of a father carrying his disabled son, or the endless cry of babies and children. An incredible flow of refugees on the move, leaving Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. They are making their way toward northern Europe, looking for freedom.

Stefano Schirato was born in Bologna, Italy in 1974, where he graduated in Political Sciences.
 He has been working as a freelance photographer with a keen focus on social themes for more than 15 years.
He collaborates with several magazines, associations and NGOs such as Emergency, Caritas Internationalis, ICMC, for which he has partecipated in projects on human rights, refugee crisis and illegal immigration.
His work has been published on The New York Times, CNN, Newsweek Japan, Al Jazeera, Vanity Fair, Le Figaro, Geo International, Burnmagazine.