Gold / 2019 / Portraiture / Other

The valley of shadows

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Other
  • Photographer
    Camillo Pasquarelli

The valley of Kashmir, disputed by India and Pakistan since 1947, is one of the most militarized zones in the world. In the last years, the Indian government provided the security forces deployed with a new weapon: a shotgun that fires hundreds of metal pellets to keep the urban protests under control. Defined as “non-lethal”, according to a UN report released in 2018, the weapon is responsible for blinding around 1000 people. Left partially or totally blind, victims speak of the darkness descended upon their lives. The only things left to see are the faint shadows that surround them.

Camillo Pasquarelli was born in Rome in 1988.
Only after completing his studies in political science and anthropology decides to devote himself entirely to the reportage. With a strong training in visual anthropology, he attend several schools and workshop in Italy and abroad.
Nowadays, he deals with documentary photography through the combination of the anthropological approach and the photographic medium.

In 2015 he spend five months in the valley of Kashmir for an anthropological research about the indo-pakistan conflict and separatist kashmiri political sentiments. In 2016 he covered the anti-indian uprising.