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Matilde Gattoni


Snapshot: Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE. Early morning cleaning of the city, with fishing nets in the background. Photo by Matilde Gattoni.

I felt a strong connection with Dubai beginning with my first visit in 2004. I was captivated by the unique mix of the bustling energy of a young city turned towards its future, eager to compete with international hubs such as New York City and London, combined with a Middle Eastern douceur de vivre. With its surprising contrast between seemingly infinite spaces and the dense tangle of skyscrapers, Dubai was where I needed to be at that time of my life. Unlike where I come ...

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The Swallows of Syria

[Jdeideh, Lebanon - Karam, twenty-eight, from Homs]

[Note: The views and testimonies herein are the refugees’ own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author or of Jadaliyya.] Somaya left Homs, Syria after finding the corpse of her tortured son in a sewage ditch. Zaynab escaped with her family when she discovered that Syrian soldiers kidnapped, raped, and killed three of her schoolmates. Aziza fled after snipers killed both her husband and sister-in-law. Reports indicate that refugees and residents have also been ...

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Matilde Gattoni

Matilde Gattoni, 1974 Italian/French. Matilde studied history and history of art at the University of Strasbourg, France. She started her career as a photojournalist in Palestine in 2000 covering the second Intifada. She was then commissioned by the UN to cover the consequences of war and drought on the local population in Eritrea and Tajikistan. Since then Matilde has been focusing her work on human rights issues around the world and especially in war-torn countries.

Her stories are published in Time, Time Lightbox, The Financial Times, Der Spiegel, The Observer, Die Zeit, Foreign Policy, Neon Magazine, Geo, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ, and The International New York Times.

In 2014 Matilde founded the agency Tandem Reportages along with journalist Matteo Fagotto, with the aim to produce independent in-depth reportage in the fast evolving editorial industry.

She has been awarded the IPA, Px3, Lens Culture Award, the Invisible Photographer of Asia, the International Color Award, and the San Francisco International Award.

Matilde’s work has been exhibited at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Backlight Festival in Finland, the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, La Feltrinelli in Milan and Rome, Gallery Photographica in San Francisco, and 305 Sauraran in Toronto.