Giuseppe Chiantera (Rome, 1978) freelance photojournalist and videomaker
SAPR Pilot for aerial photography and video production
Worked with Italian and foreign newspapers and magazines and agencies
Collaboration with humanitarian organisations and NGOs.
Focus on social subjects and humanitarian and environmental issues.
The manufacturing of “cohetes” (firecrackers) has become one of the main ways families belonging to the Mayan communities of San Juan Sacatepèquez and San Raymundo in Guatemala earn a living, 50km from the capital, Guatemala City.
While farming is carried out by the adult members of the family, the processing of gunpowder takes place all year long and uses mainly child labour because of their ability to handle and manufacture small firecrackers.
The raw materials (potassium chlorate, aluminium, sulphur) are extremely flammable. Friction, heat, and the spill of powders cause violent explosions that cause injuries, burns and even death.
Since Fidel Castro left power, there have been no pictures taken of him.
Cuba and the Cubans were accustomed to his daily presence in person, in photos, on television, articles in Gramma or over the radio. In the national collective imagination - and beyond - Cuba is Fidel and Fidel is Cuba.
His retirement from public life has meant that all that is left of his presence is archive footage. Archive photos portray him heroically as President, freedom fighter and revolutionary, at the peak of his power and of his duties. Not providing us with any further images and thus depriving us of a look into his retirement has freeze-framed Fidel in everyone's memories. Like his peers of the generation born in 1926, the Lider Maximo struggled with his ultimate destiny and legacy, in private, away from the historic, institutional and social milieus in which he moved throughout his career. He has, in essence, let go off the firm grasp he held on politics and the media for 50 years.
At the beginning of 2008, Fidel Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba and his brother, Raúl Castro, was declared the new President. In his inauguration speech, Raúl promised that some of the restrictions on freedom in Cuba would be removed ensuring more rights to Cubans. These years are very contradictory and conflicting for the people of Cuba who are trying to fit new form of economic and social life. This process of “renovation” is still running and expediting which creates new and different social and economic issues for the population.