2007 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

Massimo Berruti

Grazia Neri

02 October, 2006

Senegalese residents protest that the building's owners have cut off electric power to drive out tenants. The Roma Residence is a group of apartment blocks just a kilometer from the Vatican. Built in the early 1980s, the complex has been through a succession of owners and was used mostly for social housing. Over the years, maintenance was neglected and living conditions declined. Given its choice location, the Roma Residence was scheduled for luxury redevelopment, but many of the mainly immigrant occupants who were evacuated had no rights to re-housing.

About the photographer

Massimo Berruti

Massimo Berruti was born in Rome in 1979 and became interested in documentary photography for the first time in 2003, while he was at university. He left university in 2004 and t...

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