1st Place / 2016 / Press /

The tenth day

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Feature Story, 1st Place winner in Press
  • Photographer
    Raffaele Tuzio

This reportage was shot in october 2015 during the commemorations of Ashura in Tehran, particularly in the popular districts of the south-west of the capital that spreads around Imamzade Abdullah street. The objective was to investigate the relationship of the population with one of the most important commemoration of the Shi'a world away from big official gatherings. The Ashura (the tenth day literally) commemorates the martyrdom of the third prophet Husayn in the plain of Karbala (today's Iraq) by Umayyad tribe, occurrence that marks the schism from Sunni Islamism. Generally Western iconography is focusing on the Ashura rituals of self-flagellation giving an idea of fanaticism and cultural backwardness. In fact the practice of self-flagellation have been banned in Iran, and the commemorations of the martyrdom occur only with representations and simulations. The underlying sense of the event, especially in Iran, is to strengthen the bonds of the community under the sign

Raffaele Tuzio is a photographer based in Rome. He started his activity in 1985 as documentary and street photographer. In 1990 he went to Rome where began his relationship with travel photography. During this period he travelled all over the world, especially in India and China, producing images for tour operator, and working as freelance for national magazines, also as editorialist. In 1998 he began a collaboration with "sentieri di nuove esperienze", a tour operator specialized in cultural tourism. He directed a project to increase the company image and communication. In 2009 he decided to come back to documentary photography and he planned a long time work about the effects of globalization and economical development of India and China on the pre-industrial social and cultural life.