Emerging Photographer Fund – 2013 Finalist
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EPF 2013 FINALIST
Mirella is the story of a woman, a mother, a wife, a grandmother.
Mirella is 71 years old, she spent 43 years of her life with the only person loved.
43 years of sharing, difficulties, laughs and beautiful moments: a family, a house, values handed down.
In the last 6 years something changed, Mirella had to fight against her husband’s illness, the Alzheimer.
She devoted her life to him.
She became his caregiver looking forward with devotion, strength and love as long as there is life there is hope even if memories are slowly wasted day by day relentlessly.
What could it be more dolorous than not to be recognized anymore by the person loved, the life partner?
Mirella is the love story of a woman for her husband, a woman suddenly forced to face on her own the biggest difficulty experienced, made by hopes and unbelief, pain and resignation, sorrow and powerlessness.
Mirella spent her life next her husband, she never abandoned him; not an hospital, not external assistance until his last day, he died with immense pain in his house between his loved ones.
He died in the same house where they spent together their whole life.
Fausto Podavini, born in Rome, lives and works in his native town.
He started his photography passion at 18 years old first as assistance and studio photographer then going in for ethnological and social reportage. He worked at the MIFAV, Photography Museum of Tor Vergata University, in Rome in 1992 and studied at the Jonh Kaverdash photography academy in Milan obtaining a Master in Reportage. Fausto left studio photography to dedicate himself exclusively to reportage, nowadays he is a freelance photographer who collaborates with many ONG making reportage in Italy, Perù, Kenya, Ethiopia where currently he is developing personal photographic projects. He has exhibited in many places including Rome, Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Buenos Aires and attained over the years many Awards, including: World Press Photo 2013, FIOF photographer of the year 2011, World Report Awards again in 2011, the PDN 2012 and Winephoto 2012.