“Spada’s images of young women are highly charged; there is a tension at play, a sense that something is amiss.”
Allie Haeusslein, Director Pier 24, San Francisco, USA



‘Spada’s book – self-published, stapled together, a brilliant combination of the roughhewn with the exquisite – is a memorial for a dead girl, a cri de coeur for vulnerable young women and a penetrating examination of the social ills resulting from a corrupt and rotten political system.’
Martin Parr / Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol.III – Phaidon


"It's exciting to name a hundred and seventy-three new Guggenheim Fellows," said Guggenheim Foundation president Edward Hirsch. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we're thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It's an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do."

2011/2017 

Previous Guggenheim Fellows include Robert Frank, Cindy Sherman, John Gossage, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus amongst others.





‘I am nothing’ - Twin Palms Publishers


Text by Roberto Saviano

“What do you carry when you decide to disappear? It depends on who you are and why you disappear. Clothes: a winter scarf, shirt and velvet trousers. Socks, a sweater and a jacket. And then scissors, glasses, nail file. A brush. Election leaflets from italian politicians Cuffaro, Casini, Ulivo, la Margherita, La Nuova Sicilia and Christian Democratic Socialist Party. Images of Jesus and newspaper clippings depicting men of the Church. A typewriter. A Bible. A handkerchief with an illegible note, burned during the raid by the police in the hideout of Bernardo Provenzano, mafia don of the dons, on April 11, 2006 and hidden in the sink. And words like these from Matteo Messina Denaro in a secret message, a pizzino,
"You see, I have known pure desperation and I have been alone, I have experienced hell and I have been alone, I have fallen many many times and I have got back up again on my own; I have witnessed pure ingratitude on the part of everyone and anyone and I have been alone, I have known the taste of dust and in my solitude I have been nourished by it […] I am nothing, a loser, but if you need this nothing, I am always here for you, for anything. That is not rhetoric, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I really love you.With lasting esteem and love, as alwaysP. S.When you have read this letter,burn it.”Valerio Spada has photographed all of this, has collected evidences never shown before in a precious book "I am nothing".I'm a boss but I am nothing. I decide of life and death, but I am nothing. I am nothing because I am like you. I walk by you. I live close to you. I believe in your God using the same objects that you use, but I do not use them as you use them. With my typewriter I compose messages of death."I am nothing" by Valerio Spada is an impressive work because it shows us the silence, the penetration of crime in everyday life and our failure or inability to defend ourselves.”