Filippo Bardazzi was born is Prato in 1987. He works as a freelance journalist and photographer on documentary and editorial projects with the collective SooS Chronicles, founded with the colleague Laura Chiaroni.
He became journalist in 2011 after a degree in Philosophy at Università degli Studi, Firenze. After some collaborations with local newspapers and online magazines, he started his career as a freelancer in 2012 with SooS Chronicles, an Italian collective of documentary photographers, which focuses on the relationship between man and environment with a peculiar interest in all those changes involving past and present.
After his first long term feature, Standing Still (2013), a photographic survey of the American West and its representation in contemporary iconography, he focused on unconventional gas extractions in Europe with the documentary project The Great Illusion. His images have been published both on Italian and international magazines (D – La Repubblica, La Stampa, Gente, Newsweek Japan, The Financial Times) and have been shortlisted and awarded in several photographic festivals worldwide (FoFu Phot’Art – Fucecchio, Premio Marco Pesaresi, Rovinj Photodays, Atkins CIWEM – London, Photo Kathmandu, Athens Photo Festival).
He is currently at work with the Russian minority of Estonia and with the local community of Mugello area.
2015 - IPA – International Photography Awards, 2015 - Photo Kathmandu, 2015 - Rovinj Photodays, 2015 - Athens Photo Festival, 2015 - Premio Marco Pesaresi, 2015 - Atkins CIWEM EPOTY, 2015 - MIFA Photography Award, 2013 - IPA – International Photography Awards, 2013 - FoFu Phot’Art, 2013 - Counter Balance EIB Award
- Still life
After the outbreak of the Ukrainian Civil War and the unilateral annexation of Crimea by Vladimir Putin in order “to defend Russian-speaking citizens abroad”, experts and strategists raised concerns towards the Baltic States as the next possible targets of the Kremlin's brave expansionist policy.
As a consequence of 50 years of Soviet occupation, from 1944 to 1991, a huge minority of ethnic Russians is concentrated within the three Baltic States. Our project has the aim of documenting the areas where the percentage of ethnic Russians compared with total population is highest.
The first leg of the project took place in Ida-Viru, Estonia. This little area shares its eastern border with Russia. A very peculiar one, since it parts far more than two sovereign States: crossing the border (granitsa, in Russian language) means to leave behind both European Union and NATO, of which Estonia is among the most loyal and committed members.
The Great Illusion
New opportunities in unconventional gas exploitation let Europe dream of lightening its dramatic dependence on Russian supplies.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the controversial method used to drill this type of gas. It is an invasive process that employs high-pressure water jets mixed with specific chemicals to break the shale rocks and to extract the gas contained in them. According to some studies, fracking would have serious consequences on the environment and it would require a strict regulation, which is still absent from the vague energy policy of the European Union.