HABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo wins the 2020 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo
Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher of FotoEvidence, announced that Italian photojournalist Antonio Faccilongo will receive the 2020 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo and that a book of his work, Habibi will be published by FotoEvidence this year and released in Amsterdam, during the World Press Photo Festival in April.
The Book Award is given each year to a photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of human rights. The project was selected to be published as a book by an international jury.
by Antonio Faccilongo
recipent of the 2020 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo
" In 2008 I went to Palestine for the first time. As my plane landed at Tel Aviv airport, the bombing of the war began, later to be called "Operation Cast Lead,” the first after the second Intifada. A bloody 22-day lightening war in which more than 1,300 people died. The violence I witnessed in those days deeply affected me. From that moment on, I felt the need to tell the realities hidden behind the conflict that best make us understand the meaning of living in that place, and at the same time restore dignity to the people who live there."
Photo: Antonio Faccilongo
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While building the book HABIBI, it was very important for you not to depict the endless Israel-Palestinian war, even though the Habibi love story is possible only in the time of war. Why this was so important?
Palestine is too often shown only as a place of war and conﬂict, full of contrast, soldiers, military actions and weapons.
Habibi shows the impact of the conﬂict on Palestinian families. I felt the need to tell the realities hidden behind the conﬂict that best help us understand the meaning of living in that place, and at the same time restore dignity to the people who live there.
Photo: Flavia Spinucci
FotoEvidenceHABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo
HABIBI, is a chronicle of a love story set in one of the longest and most complicated contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian war. It follows families in Palestine with men serving long sentences in Israeli jails, who smuggle sperm and use in-vitro fertilization to have children. Most media depict Palestine as a war zone. HABIBI takes a purely humanistic approach to one non-violent response to oppression.
The book HABIBI is printed in a limited edition of 500 copies. It measures 17x 23 cm. and contains 58 color photographs, four inserts with images of prisoners taken of from a CCTV video and a personal narrative by the photographer. The book is enhanced with the poetry of Taha Muhammad Ali.
Order the book here.
World Press Photo
Photojournalist Patrick Brown and human rights activist Mathew Smith, with photographers Mikael Owunna and Mario Cruz at the FotoEvidence presentation at World Press Photo in Amsterdam, April 13, 2019.
The book “No Place On Earth"
by 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo winner Patrick Brown about the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar was released at the festival.
The discussion focused on the ethics of photographing during a humanitarian crisis and the way in which photographers can challenge oppression and champion human rights.