11 Jan, 2023
The scourge of opium in the border villages between India and Burma where in this remote area forgotten by both governments, without any checks and prevention by the authorities, the consumption of opium has spread so rapidly as to make one-third of men slaves of opium, creating a hard vacuum in the fabric of the society. While women go to the fields to work, barefoot, in all weather conditions, men gather in a hut to smoke opium all day long. The children are left in the same house and play while adults are smoking, the acrid smell and fumes spread all over the hut. The situation is now dramatic and critical but is not well known. But what will happen In a few years? Without any intervention, entire villages will be inhabited by men and boys who are completely addicted to opium.
Emiliano Pinnizzotto was born in Rome in 1983, He began to take photographs as early as he can remember. Since the age of sixteen, he directed his passion for photography toward social reportage. In this way he gradually developed a style of his own, characterized above all by photographic storytelling and portraiture in a social vein, making use exclusively of the natural light available, even in the most difficult situations. In his work he pays particular attention to the anthropological and spiritual aspects of diverse people and cultures – stories and characters met with on journeys – documenting and translating into images traditions, rituals, habits, and customs that are still observed today. At the same time, he has developed a great passion for the photography of architecture. He is a member of the National Order Of Journalists of Italy. He has won much international recognition and many photographic prizes like the Travel Photographer of the Year, the New York Photography Award, the London Photography Award, IPA, Mifa, Tifa, Px3, Muse Award, European Photography Award, Bifa, Apa, and many others. His photographs have been acquired by the Museum of Oriental Art in Rome, and a large number of exhibitions of his work have been held, in Italy (Rome, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Lucca, Empoli, etc.) and abroad (Lima, Bethlehem, Buenos Aires, Kyiv, San Marino, London, Portland, Sintra, Paris, Sharjah - Dubai). He took part in the International Festival of Human Rights in 2017 and 2018, and in the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah (Dubai) in 2018 and 2019. Among his most important exhibitions were "Unusual Visions" in the Museum of Civilization in Rome "L. Pigorini" and "Perù - tan Lejos, tan Cerca" in Lima in Perù.