On The Identity of a Tomato Picker

Dario Bosio

Delhi Photo Festival

Delhi Photo Festival
New Delhi, India


  • Title: On The Identity of a Tomato Picker
  • Creator: Dario Bosio
  • Date: 2015
  • Photographer's site: www.dariobosio.com
  • About the series: I went to Grand Ghetto, a cluster of precarious shelters in the countryside near Foggia, Italy, with the intention of documenting the harsh living conditions of the thousands of African immigrants that work in the fields picking tomatoes. Soon I started being confronted by the workers about my right to shoot those photographs. Many others had been here before me, they said, making and distributing pictures that were largely unrelated to the image that the people had of themselves. I am not what I look like, was the key concept of the long speeches I heard, while I was trying to understand why people were so reluctant to be photographed. Nevertheless, I was fascinated by the vast spectrum of humanity I had been able to come across during my stay. People who saved money for years in order to afford the journey to Italy, a place where they could find a well-paid job and have a brighter future in the ‘promised land’ Europe. People who now live in cardboard shelters with no water or electricity, working ten hours per day for less than four Euros per hour. People who have lost their identity and become tomato pickers.
  • About the Photographer: Dario Bosio is a documentary photographer and photo editor. He obtained a BA in Journalism in Italy and studied at the Danish School of Journalism of Aarhus. He interned at NOOR Images in Amsterdam and worked at 10b Photography in Rome before starting freelancing as a photographer and photo editor. He is now based in Iraqi Kurdistan where he is working at Metrography agency while shooting his own photography projects.
  • #DPF2015: 2015

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