Mario Spada & Gomorrah

Mario Spada, photographer

Mario Spada, photographer

Yesterday I’ve been lucky enough to meet Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah still photographer: Mario Spada.
Mario is a photographer from Naples, Italy. I think he would be famous even without his contribution to the Gomorrah movie, which is based on the world famous, best selling, Oscar winning, homonymous book by Roberto Saviano.

He loves his town, as much as I do love Genoa, as far as i can see. During his career he decipted Naples from many points of view the strongest of which is in my opinion the portrayal of criminality.

© Mario Spada

This is achieved in a very simple way: Mario somehow manages to represent the “ordinary” and “human” side of criminality. I mean, he shows that criminals like drug dealers, gangster and whatever else have the very same flaws we ordinary people have. He rips off the “aura” of superhuman being they inherit from cinema, i guess.

© Mario Spada

Like, this picture above has been shot in Scampia during the filming. It deceipts a fake drug dealing for the movie making upstairs while on the lower level there is a real deal, accidentally caught. So awkward.

Anyway, he showed his works and had a very informal speech during a meeting here in Genoa, in a local visual art space. In two hours we listened to many anecdotes about his works and the people he usually meet. He’s a very straightforward and relaxed guy and was very kind with everyone who needed to ask him questions. If you can go get his pictures or visit his exhibitions!