Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Photographer Giancarlo Rado has been photographing ordinary people of Italy for three years — musicians, shepherds, bakers, farmers, cooks, priests, firefighters and circus performers.

Looking at these portraits, you vividly imagine Italians of various times — either colorful Fellini characters, then gentle faces of the Renaissance, or honest hard workers from the films of Vittorio de Sica. The photographer himself spent his childhood in the countryside somewhere in Treviso-perhaps that's why he shoots his characters as if he is flipping through an old photo album: with nostalgia and great love.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Gianfranco Stefenon. A horse breeder. The place of Ponte Stel, Kaoria, Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Gabriele Corona. Retired people. Kaoria, Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Luciano Stefani Punyalet. An accordion player. He worked in Turin for 40 years, after which he returned to his native places in the north-east of Italy, where he plays at folk festivals.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Claudia Zorzi. He works in the kitchen of the social service, which is engaged in the employment of disabled people. A big fan of the I Nomadi ensemble.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Marcello Coppe. Cook in the trattoria "At Mirka and Marcello".

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Stephanie Suor. Riding a bicycle in the town of Ospedaletto, Istrana.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Stefano Bergamin. The artist, retired to a meadow in the vicinity of Possagno.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Nikola Alaimo. Hippies. He returned from Amsterdam, lives with his mother, misses his past life. Possagno.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Bartolomeo Conti. Collects coins on the coast. In his hands — a metal detector. Cavallino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Andrea Salvotti. Underwater camera operator. Breakwater in the bay of Ausonia, Trieste.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Giorgio Gesauti. Head of a car recycling workshop.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Sergio Trovattori. At a workplace in Lamona, a town between Veneto and Trentino. Sergio's parents, being shepherds, plied for forty years between Lamon and Friuli.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Mario Paoli. He is engaged in ancient crafts. In the photo, he is holding a tool that he invented in his youth to make iron saucers. In his workshop in Pergina, Valsugano, Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Bruno Rizzato. Painter, varnisher.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Oliviero Menegol. Environmental worker. Canal-San Bovo, Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Saleswoman in the optics.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Giovanni Corona. A bricklayer. Kaoria, Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Vinz Fiore Sperandino. In the town of Lavedini.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Candido Stefani. The shepherd. Tempio di Ormelle, Treviso.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Marco Demattio Scota. The shepherd. Cavalese, Fiemme Valley. He goes with the herd to the mountains, where he is going to sleep in the fresh air all summer.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Renato Fronza and Sonya Montibeller. A shepherd and his wife.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Claudio, Luca and Andrea Fronza. Brothers from Roncegno, Valsugana.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Mirko Sandri. A shepherd in a shepherd's hut on the alpine pasture of Arpako. Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Ruggiero Sofa. The shepherd. Gorgo al Monticano.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Rosina Cecco. Behind the counter in the Kauriol bar. Kaoria, Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Pastor Piero Cadorin. Mareno di Piave.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Livio Baldi. A gardener who retails apples from his garden. Strigno, Valsugana.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Pio de Nardo. Agronomist. Mareno di Piave.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Franco Stefani. In the house of Ronco Cainari.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Gianvalerio Coletti. The butcher. Vazzola di Piave.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Luigino Balzan. The shepherd. Cuero.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Franco Moser and Mathilde Loss. Shepherds from alpine pastures. Passo del Brocon, Trentino.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Attilio. The forester. Kaoria, Trento.

Ordinary Italians through the eyes of an Italian

Orietta Taufer. Director of a consumer cooperative. Kaoria, Trentino.

Keywords: Italy | Europe | Peoples | People | Photographer

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