Salvatore Santoro

Saluti da PINETAMARE (ISBN 978-88-907794-0-4) is a self published photobook by photographer Salvatoro Santoro that begins with this words:

July 1989.
It has been the first time since I heard a Kalashnikov shooting.
And it was against people.
That night, we would have never imagined we had to run away,
looking back embracing some beers.

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“I developed this work in the areas along the 54 km of the National Road n. 7 Quater ‘Domitiana’ in the cities of Licola, Lago Patria, Ischitella, Villaggio Coppola-Pinetamare Castel Volturno, Pescopagano, Mondragone, crossing the Mediterranean coast in the provinces of Naples and Caserta (Italy),” explains photographer Santoro.

These are the places for the summer holidays of his childhood, 25-30 years ago. Santoro goes on: “At that time they were still pretty wild, small building, with nature still strong. But in those years the legal and illegal building boom began and filled with cement throughout the area, making it a symbol of unauthorized building and environmental destruction.

Illegality called illegality and over the time the area is further degraded until today to be one of the main drug marketplace of the center-south Italy, headquarters of the Nigerian mafia (that born in Castel Volturno and not in Nigeria), the commercial area of Mafia Casalese and Neapolitan Camorra and big area for illegal waste.”

This book is not a journalistic document about a single event or one topic, it’s rather a personal project about the photographers home, the place of his childhood. It’s about what happened to these places. “I tried to explore the changes into the places of my childhood memories by making them collide with reality. The reality is that the direction taken by mankind, is far from reaching a better future which would leave our children better off their parents.”

In the book, you’ll find small sized inserts that include photographs of Santoros’ childhood and childhood photographs of other people living in the area for many years. ❚

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