Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Vegas. Halloween. Stay tuned.

Vegas .Halloween. Stay tuned.

Vegas. Halloween. Stay tuned.

Vegas. Halloween. Stay tuned.

Buck

We were just having our morning...

We were just having our morning coffee along Route 66 and in walks Buck. As if on cue. This shot with iphone the second I saw him. Buck is an ex cop, champ with a bull whip, and serious fast draw expert. After breakfast Buck tested my skills at fast draw. I hit the target with a 2 second draw and fire. I woulda been dead in a gunfight Buck said, yet I felt exhilerated by even hitting the target at all. I guess no surprise I got right into it. Seemed a bit like taking pictures actually. Piercing eye concentration and sort of capturing a moment kind of feeling. Pretty sure Panos will post the video. Killer on the road.

Train Station

The  wild wild west. Romantic? Sure in movies and stories of western lore. Yet all of the symbols above signify expansion into indigenous lands. Just the way it all came down. No stopping it. The tide of history ebbs and flows.

rest stop

rest stop

I just met Rez during a…

I just met Rez during a...
fast coffee stop on our way to the Grand Canyon. Rez was proud of his U.S. Air Force service and quick to remind me of the Navajo Code Talkers who baffled the Japanese during WWII. The people of the land. Safe travels Rez.

Profiles…

This is my crew. Young smart people. Hard workers, and well just plain cool. None of them can keep up with me (by their own admission) but they are honestly the BESTEST. All photographed here wearing, or not wearing, what they wanted in our hotel room in Durango with hand held Leica S2 and 70mm lens wide open. Panos took care of our camper van, drove a lot, and made some great photos along the way. Lauren is a people person. Chatted it up and got me some nice portrait subjects. Candy did all of the downloading and setting up for posts on Burn. Brandon made the movie. Stay tuned.

Massimo Berruti – Pakistan: Fade Into Dust

Massimo Berruti

Pakistan: Fade Into Dust

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Pakistan is considered to have had a key role in the start of the war on terrorism, as probably it will have a main role in the history of its end.

Pakistan is “the country” on the front line of the War on Terror, the most directly involved and afflicted, with the military operation launched in Swat Valley in may 2009 and the subsequent one in South Waziristan, which together have caused 4 million of evacuees. But the involvement shown so far is not yet sufficient for the U.S. Administrations.

 

 

After the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s killing by the hands of a US operative commando on Pakistani soil, the relations between the two countries seem doomed to crash.

More than during the past Musharaff regime, Pakistani developement is connected and subordinate to the international policy. Its economy is fully financed by the US and the IMF, even though Pakistan is a country that by the richness of its soil could be mostly independent.

The fast and constant rise of taxes is at the root of the impoverishment of its society.

Meanwhile, wealth more and more concentrated in the hands of a few, is creating available ground for ignorance and extremism to grow, fertilized by the rising rage of the poor against their governors.

If on one hand Pakistanis, through examples like the lawyer movement, are showing their awareness and their will to contribute to a better society, fighting for their rights, on the other hand the same people has fallen under a heavy physical and psycological pressure of terrorism and recession.

The purpose of this project is to look through the changing society of Pakistan and the upward spiral of violence this country has fallen into since September 2001. A spyral that is driven by something invisible, its first target being the people. Something that risks to invest us all.

 

 

Bio

Massimo Berruti was born in 1979 in Rome, Italy, where he actually lives.

In 2003, after a short course of photography, he stopped his studies in biology to go deeper in photography. Freelance photographer, from 2004 he started to work in Eastern Europe, and mostly in Italy. Here he worked on immigration, suburbs and the industry crisis: parts of his work was published in a book called “Made in Italy”.

His professional career began when working with the most important Italian and European magazines such as l’Espresso, Internazionale, D la Repubblica delle Donne, Le Monde2 and The Independent.

In 2008 he began traveling to Central Asia, particularly to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he is documenting the changing society. He won two World Press Photo: in 2007 (Second Prize Reportage in “Contemporary issue”) and in 2011 (Second Prize Stories in “General news”).

 

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Ute Reservation – Ignacio, Colorado

Krista “Suzi” Richards, 19, is a gold medalist archer and coach. Here with her two month old Aeden who is now the youngest tribal member. She says he will be trained as a first class archer as well. Suzi’s father is on the Ute tribal council serving 1,489 tribal members since 1991. Suzi’s mother and grandmother both died 2005. “I think that is why I took up archery. Just to relieve that stress” she says.

Four Corners. Navajo Reservation. I just…

Four Corners. Navajo Reservation. I just...
ate a Navajo dog wrapped in fry bread at sunset here where Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico meet on these tribal lands. Peace is the feeling in this land that seems to go forever.