Vele Di Scampia.

Photographs by Tobias Zielony.
Spector Books, 2014. 576 pp., 287 color illustrations, 7¾x10¾".

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Selected as one of the Best Books of 2014 by:
“Le Vele di Scampia” was a noted futuristic urban housing development built outside of Naples in the late 1970s that today serves as a battlefield for the Italian Mafia family, the Comorras. Designed by Italian architect and urbanist Francesco di Salvo, the complex of mixed-use mega structures was widely praised for its sculpturally expressionistic sails (“le Vele”), but even before its completion the community was overrun by the local Mafia. Photographer Tobias Zielony, recognized for past projects and books such as Jenny, Jenny and Story/No Story, has made a name for himself with place-rooted photo essays shot in complex urban environments. Investigated here is the symbol of Camorra power as the central axis of European drug trafficking. Using seven thousand single images shot at night, Zielony created a nine-minute animated film that was featured in a traveling exhibition. This catalog translates the film into print, reproducing a staggering selection of 287 mesmerizing images.

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