Valerio Spada’s work on Naples is almost a documentary about adolescence, choices and chances in a land of Camorrah (the name of the Mafia in Naples).
On March 27th, 2004, Annalisa Durante, at the age of 14, was killed in Forcella, a Naples area under the Giuliano clan’s egemony. Annalisa and two of her friends were in front of her father’s small store, leaning on a car, talking with Salvatore Giuliano, a young Camorrah boss, then 22. Everything that happens next will take only seconds but will change many lives forever.
Italian. b. 1972.
After graduating from the Italian Institute of Photography, began his travels and accepted initial assignments in Munich, Madrid, Athens and London. His editorial and commercial work has appeared in publications such as Italian Vogue, Mixte, Magazine Colette, D La Repubblica delle Donne, Italian Glamour, Max, A Anna, Vision, Stile, Wallpaper, Cross among others shooting advertising campaigns for Renault, MTV Italy, Telecom Italia, Levi's, Lycia, Collistar, Deborah, D-Exterior, Philippe Matignon, La Rinascente, Parasuco Cult, Vicini Giuseppe Zanotti, Sony, Warner Music Italy.
He has directed videos for italian artist Vinicio Capossela, directed the dvd "Nel niente sotto il sole" for Warner Italy, directed videos such "Bardamu", "Ovunque proteggi", "Non trattare", and has shot album covers and press and tour campaigns for "Canzoni a manovella" and "Ovunque proteggi".
With Fabrizio Montanari and Luca Martire he founded the magazine "Stile" which was named with Swip Stolk one of the best 100 graphic projects in Phaidon "Area" book (2004).
With Kasia Korczak and Payam Sharifi he became Editor in Chief of "Cross Magazine", which was distributed in more than 40 countries worldwide.
In 2011 ‘Gomorrah Girl’ book is released.
‘Gomorrah Girl’ is published by Cross Editions in 500 copies and sold-out.
Special edition, 30 of 500 copies that constitute this first edition, are numbered and signed by the photographer and come with a signed photoprint.
Valerio Spada lives and works between New York, Paris and Milan.