Introduction

Taranto, Italy. The consequences of the ILVA deadly pollution.

The factory of ILVA in Taranto is a 12.000 employees steel factory. During the first months of 2012, a police investigation discovered that the factory polluted, with dioxin and several others carcinogenic chemicals, the town of Taranto for decades. The effects over the population have been a dramatic boosts of cancer cases, with a percentage ranging from 100% to 400%, depending on the array of medical diagnosis. In the neighbourhood of Tamburi, which lies just beneath the smokestack, every single family is grieving at least one death for cancer.

Cars, buildings, sidewalks, gardens, are all covered by a thin red dust and small coal rubbles.

PM10 and benzoapyrene lethal fine dust overfill the air. The economy of the city has been swept away by the presence of the huge steel factory. Fishermen have no job and farmers find their livestock contaminated and dangerous. Tourism in the beautiful bay of Taranto is dispersed and the municipality is in bankrupt. In March 2015 the government approved the “Salva-Ilva” (Ilva-rescue) decree. The factory will continue the production under a controlled administration. Two billion euros have been allocated both to manage the company and start the environmental remediation. A maneuver leaving many citizens still skeptical.

Valentina Piccinni and Jean-Marc Caimi started collaborating in 2013 for projects focused both on documentary and more personal, intimate photography.

“Death Metal” was presented at Slideluck London.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

An old fashioned iMovie ’08.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

Jean-Marc is a musician. He writes all the soundtracks for slide shows. Some tracks belong to “Minimalismus” a record released teaming up with Israeli musician Ziv Jacob.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Valentina is really good in editing stories, both for magazines and agency purposes and lately for multimedia. It is a challenging work when static elements, as pictures are, are combined with video footage. It is like making interact people speaking two different languages. For photographers this is really good practise, giving new dimension and perspectives to the photographic series. In these years we learnt quite a few things as photographers while assembling multimedia pieces for our stories. And then the music has to be conceived following a certain rhythm. Multimedia is in fact very much a question of rhythm. As a team of two we enjoy the whole creative process a lot.

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