Alfredo D’Amato (Italian B. 1977) studied Art, Media and Design at the London College of Printing. He later graduated with a degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport, UK. He has mainly worked on long-term projects focusing on both, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and South America, with a particular interest in Portuguese speaking countries, focusing on the interrelationships between African origins and western influences. Alfredo has had his work published in many international newspapers and magazines and has worked with UNHCR, UNICEF and many other NGOs in Europe and further afield. Alfredo won the prestigious Observer Hodge Award and received the first prize in photojournalism at the One Media awards as well as UNICEF Photo of the year in 2005, the same year he was also selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass and was granted the Marco Pesaresi scholarship in Italy. ‘Cocalari’ (Postcart Editions), is Alfredo’s first photographic monograph, published in 2010. He is currently working on a new book project about lusophone countries in Africa and Brazil. Alfredo’s work is part of the permanent collection at George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York State.
2004 - Observer Hodge Award
A orphan climbing on the wall is casting a sidelong glance within. As it was close to lunchtime, probably he wanted to see whether food was ready. Back in November 2015, I was already in Eastern Cameroon when a company contacted me for an assignment in a Southern region of the Country. I was supposed to reach the city of Sangmelima to spend a few days within an orphanage, called Notre Dame, hosting 200 non-accompanied children. The orphanage had been provided by 'in kind' support by that company, which donated in fact a water pump that would changed the daily life of those children as well as the social workers and nuns in there who, so far, had been forced to walk everyday long distance to fetch water.