2019 / People / Portrait

Facing Death

  • Photographer
    Silvia Alessi

Three stories worth telling of Peshmerga soldiers of Iraqi Kurdistan. Hoshyar is a brigadier general who lost two legs on two separate devices. From then he devoted his life to clear mines wherever he can find them, risking his own life every time. Seven public buildings are named after him, being him still alive. They consider him a hero. Salman is a young soldier who lost two legs, one arm, one eye and one ear on an ISIS explosive device few years ago during a military operation. "Only my soul is left", he says. Nasrin is a lieutenant colonel. Every member of her family works in the army.

I’m Silvia Alessi, from Italy. I’m based in Bergamo where I own a salon: I am a hairdresser and a make up artist. Like many others I love to travel and to take pictures, and so I have been doing for 15 years. In all these years I’ve tried to document people’s life in remote places. For many years I’ve been studying other photographers’ reportages on books or on social media, and a feeling became to grow within me. I don’t want to consider people as photographic trophies - I thought - I want to tell their stories through pictures.