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Rome, 1977 May 12 - A Radical parliamentarian shows his card to a policeman
In 1977 a wave of terrorism produced 2,128 attacks on groups such as law enforcements, lawyers, industrialists, political leaders and journalists. Over 30 people were wounded by gunfire, eleven were killed.
The violence that spread throughout the country seemed unstoppable. In Rome, the Radicals organized an illegal demonstration to celebrate the anniversary of the introduction of divorce in this Catholic country. A violent confrontation between police and “Autonomia” activists ensued. At the end of the day a young student girl, Giorgiana Masi, died by a pistol-shot.
Actually we still don't know who shot her.
I saw both policemen and students shooting.
I was only 20 years old when I took these pictures.
Gli anni di piombo me li ricordo bene...a Torino forse era anche peggio...me quello che mi impressiona è la qualita' di fotografie che hanno 35 anni!
Trovarsi li in mezzo (ci sono stato) e scattare foto cosi'...beh...solo un grande puo farlo.
Wow, powerful, words to such a powerful image.
Amazing work Sergio. Beautiful tones in these images.
It must have been exciting times for a young photographer & worrying times with such troubles.
Love to see more of these amazing images.
I recognise these photos;-) I also remember this period when my uncle in Napoli was kicked out of univeristy for sympathising with the demonstrators. This is my favourite of the whole series - ie. with the stand-off between the Carabiniere and politician. What card is he carrying, exactly, please?? Bravo, Sergio!
Voting Center, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h
This photo has been selected for the gallery with 63 pro- and 37 contra-votes. Congratulations, Sergio Pessolano :-)
Without a doubt PRO!
Sergio's work is amazing. I have 2 of his books & The book Quelli Del '77 - Documants all these amazing images & the story stated above. Perfect B&W documentary & journalism photography at it's very best.
I sure wish we had the ability to propose series, especially in cases like this. Thanks for pulling these out of your archive Sergio. Great work for a 20 yr. old. What a rush, no wonder you stayed with documentary photography.
Very good journalistic capture .. the faces around captivate, even down to the almost fully obscured person with just one viewing eye visible and the impassive expression of the uniformed officer, appearing to look straight ahead (but more probably looking at the card), is great ... well captured Sergio.