Photographs by SACI Photography Instructor Jacopo Santini

From 05-25-2005 To 06-10-2005

“The photographs shown here are only a small selection of a project started in February 2002. They were taken inside the Albergo Popolare, a building belonging to the City of Florence, which is aims at hosting people in difficulty, to give them a roof to live under, and, as far as possible, provide assistance for flexible periods, up to a maximum of six months.

The building, which hosts approximately 120 people and looks over, with its Twenties façade, Via della Chiesa in San Frediano, is a container of stories and lives. For the past two years I have had the opportunity and the privilege to talk about these stories through images and words. It never ceases to amaze me how short the distance is between an ‘accomplished’ life and a failed one.

I deal with people, and that is what I love the most when I take pictures or tell stories. Photographing is like listening. I attempt to do it without giving in to the temptation of listening to myself and expressing judgement. If sometimes I am able to do this, I owe it also to Guglielmo, a long term guest who has been in the shelters for almost fifty years, and lives in a room full of objects, memories and pride, an inexorable rhapsody of one who has lived ten lives, if not more."

Jacopo Santini


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