/ 2018 / Press / Feature Story

Living with the attacker

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Feature Story
  • Photographer
    Federico Borella

Geeta Mahour, 47, lives with her daughter Neetu, 28, and her
husband Inderajeet, 60, who, 25 years ago, disfigured his wife and
his daughter with the acid. The attack occurred in 1992, during
the night, while they were at Geeta’s mother’s home, and it killed
little Krishna, about a year old, blinding Neetu.
This forced cohabitation continues, but even now they face with
Indrajeet’s problems with gambling and drinking, with a
permanent domestic violence and with his incapacity to provide
for his family, so that Geeta and Neetu totally provide for the
economic maintenance. Today, Neetu is not angry with his father.
She has forgiven him, she never asked her mother why they are
still together and she can hardly remember anything about that
day. On the other hand, Inderajeet remembers that day whenever
he looks at his daughter, and he will regret this forever.

Federico Borella is a photojournalist working for QN (Quotidiano Nazionale ), national newspaper in Bologna, Italy. Since 2009 to date—he has also contributed to La Repubblica and L'Espresso Group.

Internationally published , Federico has more than nine years of experience as a news photographer and reportage working for both national and foreign magazines, agencies and publications, including Time Magazine, National Geographic USA and National Geographic Italia, Alpha magazine, Magazinet Norway, Dagens Nyether, Corriere della Sera, Quotidiano Nazionale, Panorama, L'Espresso Group, Parallelozero).

In September 2017 he screened at Visa pour l'image two different projects: “The enduring life of a quad amputee veteran” and “Sheroes” and he was also a member of the jury of the Visa d'Or news section.


Well versed in video making with advanced knowledge of storytelling, composition, lighting and post production—Federico is an educator in photography and photojournalism.


Federico completed a degree in Classical Literature & MesoAmerican Arqueology at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in 2008. He then completed a Master in Photography Journalism at the Jhon Kaverdash Academy of Milan. From 2009-2015, he is a commissioned photographer for John Hopkins University in Bologna. He is also a contributing photographer for the International photojournalism agency Parallelozero.


Awards Lens culture emerging talent award 2017