About the Book
Glitter Blues describes the world of Franchina, Cioccolatina, Lulù, Ramona, Brigida, Ornella, Monica the Viking, Fiorella, Rosa, Ambra and Graziella – Sicilian transvestites living/working in Catania’s neighbourhood San Berillo, that has always been the red-light district.
” The girls’ neighbourhood was set in the city in such a way that it seemed like a separate territory, like an island without the sea around it or a castle without fortifications. After entering one of the alleyways of entry around the perimeter it feels like you are closed in, watched over and shielded. It’s like entering a private village that almost resembles an open-air home. In those four streets intimacy lives on the thresholds of the ground-floor single-rooms that open onto the street, and the invitation to be swallowed by it all is what defines the very nature of the place.” From Lorenzo Castore’s essay accompanying the book.
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About the Artist
Lorenzo Castore was born in Florence in 1973, studied photography in Rome after returning from a stay in New York. He won the Mario Giacomelli Price in 2003 and in 2005 the Leica European Publishers’ Award.
Photo books: Nero (2004); Paradiso (2005); Ultimo Domicilio (2015); Ewa and Piotr (2018); Glitter Blues (2021).
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