Un altro giorno è andato, le stagioni di Francesco Guccini (Jaca Book Publishing) is the latest photobook by photographer Daria Addabbo. Newly published, Daria’s photographs are presented with an introduction text by journalist Gino Castaldo and walk us through the places loved by the beloved singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini from Modena, Emilia-Romagna Region. In these places, time and space become part of history, really connected to traditions and still faraway from modernity.
Daria is no stranger to publishing books with This hard land. Sulle strade di Springsteen (2019). She takes the observer to the United States, a country she loves and explored many times. Her previous photo project Sulle tracce di Tom Joad, she recollects the travel itinerary, along Route 66, of the Joad family, the protagonists of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. The work was published in the Italian weekly magazine Espresso and exhibited at the American Embassy in Rome.
Not only places but also many characters live in the imaginary of Daria. The strongest of them is Marco, a boy with Down’s syndrome, of Rome, passionate about clothes, the Ibiza dance scene and social media. Here in the guise of the latest Hollywood star, he is a dreamer, photographed with a cinematic style that inevitably takes us inside the Studios.
United States as beloved locations return, albeit indirectly, in her latest photo novel Così lontano dalla Primavera. “I should have gone to the States, but because of the pandemic, I had to cancel my trip. I was locked for the first time in my hometown, so it was natural for me to take up the topic of photo novels again, a contemporary reinterpretation of old photo stories, a technique I love and had already explored in the past”. The project, created in collaboration with a very young illustrator, Ottavia Natoli, @teanbeans, consists of eight plates in which drawings and photographs are mixed. Where the lens could not reach, the pencil arrived. A story about Covid, but very different from the many seen in the last year: not a deserted Rome (where Daria lives), but the love story of two partners forced to live the very long first lockdown apart, in two very distant parts of the world. And as the pandemic, the end of the story is still to be written. We hope very soon.
Daria Addabbo was born in 1979 in Rome, where she currently lives and works. After completing her studies at the Faculty of Arts, in 2008 she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended a photojournalism course at the EAF school. Back in Rome, she followed a master’s degree in photo journalism at the ISFCI. Her projects have been published in many magazines such as Espresso, Panorama, Internazionale, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, La Repubblica, Gioia, Grazia, Donna Moderna, GQ, Mind, La Revista. In 2013 she did an internship at the Photo Unit of the World Food Program (WFP), a United Nations agency. In May 2016, she won the Prize of the International Festival of Photography Porto Alegre, Brazil, with the work Profondo familiare. In September 2016, he produced a reportage for Vanity Fair magazine, aboard the Greyhound bus, travelling from New York to Los Angeles, with journalist Ferdinando Cotugno, to report on the political temperature of the American population on the eve of the presidential elections. In January 2021, she has be published her last photo book.
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