Journalist finally decided to publish the proceedings of the Sicilian Mafia
• The journalist finally decided to publish the proceedings of the Sicilian Mafia
The famous Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia 1971 imprinted on the photo rich and dangerous life of the Sicilian capital of Palermo during the famous anti-mafia war. For many years she worked as a photojournalist in the now-inoperative edition of L'Ora, but abandoned it all when the newspaper closed.
Now, at the age of 81, Laetitia is ready to share stunning archive in his new book, containing more than 300 pages with photos of her hometown.
"In the '70s there was a fierce mafia war against civil society. She was associated with the terrible loss of life, blood, pain and tears. Today the mafia more insidious and less furious. They do not kill judges, politicians or police. But the mafia is still interested in power, "- he said in an interview with Letizia.
"And now, when they reached it, they no longer need to kill people. Enough help to ensure that candidates who take care of their interests "have been elected to the authorities.
"I photographed with passion. I want to capture all of that, I felt a kind of acting as a witness against the mafia. "
"I am constantly confronted with crime in Palermo for 19 years, so my style as something in itself has become quite specific."
"Of course, there was the mafia in Sicily, but now it has its own interests everywhere. With the help of a developed network of drug trafficking mafia influence on what is going on in northern Italy, and "also the rest of Europe.
"This is more dangerous than before because the mafia was able to penetrate the political and financial circles, but operates by means of the same barbaric methods, as drug traffickers."
"I have suffered so much, I even had to flee from Palermo a few times. But I always come back. I would like to remind everyone that here, under this sky, there is still something wonderful. I am always looking for the beauty and try to show it in their pictures. "