A book of emotional portraits in black and white, a hymn to life, survival and work. Art photography where the subjects, workers and ordinary people, proudly show their conquest of the day. They are the fishermen and frequenters of Dar Es Saalam fish market in Tanzania, one of the most important of the Indian Ocean. About 20.000 people attend every day this extraordinary place.
“I am happy when I am able to call it a day in the very early hours of new day”, says one of the fisherman. “When I manage to go back home with good fish for my family and sometimes a little money, I thank God. I need nothing more, my life is this market.”
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Across the ’80s and ’90s he published photographs and covers on some of the most prestigious Italian and foreign nautical magazines. Subsequently, over many years, he documented the wildlife of East Africa and was a correspondent for The Harvill Press, London. From this collaboration two important volumes were born: The Great Migration and Pink Africa.
He now lives in Africa several months a year in close contact with unspoiled nature and tribal peoples. Working as a portraitist, he has been documenting the beauty over the years – not only exterior – of many people at risk of extinction.
Carlo Mari is credited in many photographic books published all over the world, from tomes about the life of the seabed, through books on the East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania, to books dedicated to the artistic nude and advertising glamour, like Animal Man published in Paris by Éditions de La Martinière in 2000.
In 2004 My Africa, one of his most important creations, featured on Germany’s List of Bestselling Photography Books. With Leonardo International in 2009 he created a book on Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of his visit to Montecassino Abbey.
The connoisseurs know him for his refined Fine Art prints in very limited edition, present in many private collections all over the world.
In the last three years the call of the sea has been so strong as to bring him back to his photographic roots.
The Sea and Africa: these are the two ingredients to which he is dedicating himself in telling the story of shing techniques and the traditions of shermen in East Africa.