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Confrontation by Sergio Pessolano



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28.10.2006 at 21:42h
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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.

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Daniel Avasilichioaei, 28.10.2006 at 21:45h

Excellent documentary photo...

Marguerite L., 28.10.2006 at 22:02h

Impressive documentations, very good photography!
Grüessli Marguerite

Esti Eini, 28.10.2006 at 22:32h

The look in his eyes so strong.
great series. you were just in the place at the right time and you were not afraid to take these pics.

Jacky Kobelt, 28.10.2006 at 22:46h

very impressive indeed

What a perfect documentation - respect


Alexandra Baltog, 28.10.2006 at 23:10h

a good picture for Documentary & Journalism!
well done!

Jacqueline Chay, 28.10.2006 at 23:26h

Wow, this is a great capture, the policeman's eyes are not even fixed on the person he is confronting, which demonstates to me that he does not want to get into any debate. Well done

Eddie Maguire, 29.10.2006 at 0:09h

God.. the reality of the situation really hits home with your words. Serious work.

Salvo Zannelli, 29.10.2006 at 9:23h

foto anche qualitativamente eccellente

Kerstin Rösler, 29.10.2006 at 10:12h

A wonderful impressive docu!!!Kind regards kerst

Gero Merella, 29.10.2006 at 10:16h

Gli anni di piombo me li ricordo bene...a Torino forse era anche 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.

D. Ynoche, 29.10.2006 at 13:25h

if the <civilian> would be wearing the uniform and the <uniformed> stood there as a <civilian>????
.... same situation? I guess yes.

Jamie Hollett, 29.10.2006 at 17:45h

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.

Marcus Aka Megge L, 31.10.2006 at 21:22h

I am deeply impressed by this series Sergio - this image "speaks" for itself!

Frank Cecconi, 8.11.2006 at 21:03h

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 :-)

Detlef Knops2, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h

first class documentation
And perfect black and whit

Mircea Tiron-Tudor, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h

Great shot ! Pro !

Klaus Buhles, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h


Michael Henderson, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h

Super capture. PRO.

Dominique Duriot, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h

Sergio's pictures are always telling stories...
This one is so sad :((
The expression of the policeman is so hard and straight, well done Sergio!
You are always at the right time!

****BIG PRO*****


Peter Mertz, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h


Theo Weijmer, 24.11.2006 at 20:36h


Jamie Hollett, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

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.

Valfoto, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Wen P, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

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.

Cees Kuijs, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

Good photojournalism. Pro

Geoff in Germany, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Der Feurige Engel, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Daniel Avasilichioaei, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Radim Spitzer, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Massimo Carolla, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

Pro, great serie!!!

Juergen M., 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Ruud van der Lubben, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

Definitely great work !! PRO no doubt.

Frank Cecconi, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

Inspiration plus!

Jacqueline Chay, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Claude Coeudevez, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Ron Couwenberg, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Celal Tayar, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Bruno`s Pixelwork..., 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Jacky Kobelt, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Jutta Washington, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Peter Hauri, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Claire Laira, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Arno M, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


P.e.ter Gau, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Ivano Cheli, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Andreas. H., 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Ruud van der Lubben, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

Would be interesting to know how these people nowadays feel about their roles then !

Diana Rybakova, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

P.S.: it would be better more contrasted

Robert Riley, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

Fantastic shot!

Paul Grimshaw, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

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.

Oliver Suhr, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Darinka Mladenovic, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Abdul Khaliq, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

Great. Pro

Catia Malagoli, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Eddie Maguire, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Gabi Anna, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


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Trude S., 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Patrick Parenteau, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

This vintage photograph confirms that some people just "have it" at an early age; that innate abiility to recognize and capture a perfect moment in time.

This shot should have everyone who has been banging a shutter for ten years or more racing for their archives to dig out the old gems on film that have been forgotten in this digital world. Pro

Marie Strydom, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


Inez Soares, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h

for surePRO

Die Namenlosen, 24.11.2006 at 20:37h


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D. W., 24.11.2006 at 22:19h


Eddie Maguire, 24.11.2006 at 23:12h


Sergio Pessolano, 24.11.2006 at 23:41h

Thank you so much!

Klaus Buhles, 25.11.2006 at 10:03h

Ciao - Klaus

Federico Cammilli, 25.11.2006 at 14:47h

bellissima..fantastico il momento essenziale che hai colto..grande foto-reportage..

Jaejin LEE, 25.11.2006 at 15:10h

this is amazing


Klaus Freilinger, 26.11.2006 at 21:33h


Robert L. Roux, 27.11.2006 at 3:19h

every picture tells a story -
another great one ...
regards from the north - robert

Milan Bystron, 27.11.2006 at 11:19h

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Very good ... :)

Valfoto, 27.11.2006 at 19:53h

Enhorabuena Sergio ....... sabes que admiro tu trabajo

Rarindra Prakarsa, 28.11.2006 at 15:39h

The quality of this old-image is amazing

Anastasya Ivanova, 29.11.2006 at 15:57h

Feel curious about what the policeman was talking about in the picture...
Congratulations, it's a good and vivid work indeed.

Balazs Pataki, 2.12.2006 at 20:24h

Amazing quality.

Jean Paul Yska, 6.12.2006 at 0:27h

Great news photo!

Pepe Jutglar, 9.12.2006 at 17:25h

Hello Sergio, I would like to know what film you used, the picture looks very clean, must be a good film? saludos pepe

Henrique Augusto, 12.12.2006 at 2:45h

history, memories, passion in the photos.



Hans Solcer, 20.12.2006 at 17:02h

great moment. well done!

Anna Eckold, 10.04.2007 at 12:50h


Konstantinos Papazoglou, 29.05.2007 at 15:53h


yanius , 21.06.2007 at 14:06h


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