Italian Lockdown: Images Of Life In Isolation
Since March 9, Italy has been on government-ordered quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus. There are currently over 140,000 cases throughout the country.
Photographers Nadia Shira Cohen, Gianni Cipriano and Camilla Ferrari have documented what life looks like as cities across Italy have shut down. Their images show social isolation in small spaces and the new daily routines under lockdown.
Here are their stories.
Nadia Shira Cohen
As the novel coronavirus ravages Italy, Rome lies in near silence. A city constantly filled with people empties out. Tram wheels scraping against the tracks and ambulance sirens are the only prominent sounds to be heard. Romans live life from their balconies, and the ones without homes wander the streets desperately looking for help in a city devoid of activity.
The lockdown has put me in a very uncomfortable position as a photographer: Go out and tell the story, or stay home?
The safety and health of my loved ones — who could suffer the consequences of my behavior — come first. So I stay. Or is this simply the story I'm telling myself?
For the first time in a very long time, I started photographing just for myself, without being on assignment and without a goal. I'm building memories of my own by observing the new daily routine within the walls of our home, from our window and on our way to buy food.
Milan has been under lockdown since March 9, and I have rarely left the house since. I am completely aware of how lucky my partner and I are to have a home to spend this terrifying time in together, and to be healthy.
That is why, when everything unfolded, I tried to have the most positive mindset I could. This forced process of slowing down, these tight limits that all of us are facing, also create opportunities to photograph home and daily life and became a means for relief and discovery.
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