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Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

'The Truth needs Allies'
© Luca Zanetti

Overview

Category

Photography

 

Work

Photo research 'The Truth needs Allies'

Essay

Stirring Pictures

How can the impotence and agony of survivors be expressed without becoming voyeuristic? For several months, the photographer Luca Zanetti, based in Bogotá and Zürich, accompanied a Colombian team of forensic anthropologists. His project, The Truth Needs Allies, confronts us with photographs that cannot be ignored. In one picture we see a woman in a raincoat, the hood pulled up over her head, beside her a bag with a flower pattern lying in a jumble of roots. She's looking towards the camera – we do not see what she sees. Out of context, the photograph is unspectacular, were it not for the tension in the woman's face. The caption explains: the woman, the widow of a murder victim, is looking in the direction of a digging. Estimates of how many people disappeared in the Colombian civil war over the past four decades vary between 20,000 and 50,000. They are victims of embittered conflict between Marxist guerrillas, government troops and right-wing paramilitaries. In the past two years over 350 bodies have been exhumed, some of them in the presence of surviving family members. Another picture shows the entire location. We now see what the woman sees: two men wearing protective gear, with face masks and spades, parts of the skeleton they have exhumed laid out on a piece of plastic next to them. Another picture shows an old woman with thinning hair, her hand resting on a bulky package wrapped in plastic. It contains remains of a family member. In his black-and-white photographs, Luca Zanetti, who graduated in photography from the Zürich University of the Fine Arts, has successfully established a delicate balance between emotional involvement and detachment. He unobtrusively confronts us with the suffering of the survivors. His attitude testifies to the respect with which he treats the people he portrays and to the care with which he approaches the medium of photography. It is to his credit that he has brought a neglected issue to the attention of the public. The intensity of the photographs and their humanist appeal is profoundly felt even if one does not know the political background of this reportage.
Peter Stohler

Biography

Name

Luca Zanetti

 

Born

1971