300 x 200 mm
Gomorrah Girl tells two stories in one, the problems of growing up in a crime-ridden area and the murder of Annalisa Durante, a young woman caught in the crossfire of a Mafia shootout. The stories are brought together through innovative, book within a book, design. Bound together are Spada’s photographs documenting adolescence in the land of Camorrah (the name for the Mafia in Naples) and pages detailing the police investigation.
Valerio Spada (b.1972, Milan) is an Italian photographer living in NY. In 2011, Gomorrah Girls won The Photography Book Award Now as best book of the year. Gomorrah Girl was included by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in The Photobook: A History Volume III, published by Phaidon, and it is now part of the Beneicke Rare Books & Manuscripts collection at Yale University. In 2013, Valerio Spada was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to finance his continuing research into organized crime in Italy, I am Nothing is the book resulting from his latest project and it will be published in 2017 by American publisher Twin Palms.
Cross Editions is a press run by Valerio Spada, founded in 2010.