In The Heart Of An Earthquake
Where Time Froze
by Valerio Berdini
About the Book
Since the day an earthquake hit the city of L'Aquila, in central Italy, the area has been shut. No living, social or commercial activity has been permitted within the so-called "red zone", a large area which embraces most of the historical centre.
Outside, army vehicles halt anyone trying to enter. Inside, it is a ghost town inhabited by its own phantoms.
The feeling of a lifeless place is dreadfully intense.
Hundreds of people died in the quake, many thousands had to leave their apartments for good.
This reportage jumps over the barriers and take the reader in the heart of the earthquake.
It walks the streets, enters the halls, visits the homes to take a look into the rooms. Where time froze.
It gives back to the owners the places they have been bereaved. It gives back to the places the life they lack.
Text in the book is in English and Italian
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781320299657
- Softcover: 9781320299640
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781320299664
- Publish Date Jan 22, 2010
- Tags Earthquake, quake, shock, Terremoto, Italy, Italia, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, ruins, wreckage, ghosts, rovine, macerie
Born in Rome, Italy, in 1970, Valerio Berdini has been living in the UK since 2001. Over the years his documentary work developed into a personal language that merges a traditional aesthetic, influenced by the masters of photojournalism, with an incessant attention to the evolution of the contemporary society. He has travelled since very young and the desire to meet new people, in their own culture, never stopped. Music fan and avid concert photographer, he has also built an extensive archive of several hundreds live rock bands. Valerio Berdini photographs have been exhibited, awarded and published internationally, including The Guardian, La Repubblica, Condé Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, L'Espresso, The Times and many more. He is a freelance photographer represented by REX Features.