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Emiliano Cribari | Italy

Armido sitting in the livingroom of the nursing home where he’s been staying for a few weeks

Armido first learned about his illness - a very aggressive form of ALS - in September 2016, after a serious respiratory arrest. Since his admission at the nursing home, a slow and painful agony began, during which Armido had to live a excruciating series of "last times": always completely lucid, he manifested his desire to spend his last Christmas at home, to be able to watch his favorite soccer team, Fiorentina, play at the stadium one last time and to attend his nephew’s confirmation. After almost a year of battling one of the most devastating illnesses known to mankind, Armido - loving and kind till the very last moment - gave his consent for palliative treatment. Leaving the unbearable emptiness of those who, without knowing, taught us ultimate lessons of humanity.

Emiliano Cribari is an Italian photojournalist interested in social issues. In 2015 he made a reportage, entitled "Io sono", dedicated to Trisomy 9 Mosaic (a rare chromosomal disorder that affects children) and in 2016 he made a reportage (that was exhibited inside Florence’s old prison) dedicated to the needs of those who live in a Nursing Home. In 2017 "Io sono" received 3rd place at "Fine Art Photography Awards" (Professional Photographers / Photojournalism category). In 2016, instead, it received the honour mention at "Monochrome Photography Awards", "Tokyo International Foto Awards" and “Moscow International Foto Awards” and it was exhibited at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco. He photographed the "UNESCO World Forum for Culture and Cultural Industries", the "Stati Generali della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo" and all the editions of the "Festival delle Religioni". He curated photoshoots for exhibitions dedicated to Salvador Dalì, Antony Gormley, Jeff Koons, Pontormo, Bronzino, Jan Fabre and John Currin. Since 2016 he follows and documents the work of a group of nurses. Some of his photojournalistic reportages were published in magazines as LensCulture, Social Documentary Network and Witness Journal.

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