Drops in the Mediterranean Sea

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

Infants, unaccompanied children, pregnant women, people stunned by the journey. Here are the unwilling participants in this latest wave of landings. They come by the thousands, every week, from the coast of Libya, taking advantage of favorable weather conditions, to reach Europe. But there is a tragedy in the tragedy: on one hand some make it, saved at the last moment by the rescue operations of the Italian Coast Guard, on the other there are many who are swallowed by the Mediterranean waters. The photographs by Luca Catalano Gonzaga tell the different phases of rescue, from the initial sighting of the damaged boat , often crammed beyond belief, to the delicate phase of approach when the risk that the boat will tip becomes higher because of the frightened people trying to get to safety destabilize the entire structure. But most of all they collect the painful and at the same time hopeful looks of men, women and children looking for a life worth living. (text by Sebastiano Caputo).


A selection of photos from the archive of Luca Catalano Gonzaga is available as collector’s prints. The goal of print selling is to contribute to the realization of the photographic projects of Witness Image that narrate the great transformations of our time.