Bronze 2019 / Editorial / Photo Essay (Non-Pro)

Hidden Angels

  • Photographer
    Mauro De Bettio
  • Prizes
    Bronze in Editorial/Photo Essay

Is called Daulatdia, the largest brothel in the world. Build by the British during the colonial government is now owned by a powerful local family. Beautiful and colorful blooming trees surround what looks like a small town, but actually is a prison without a way out. A gigantic trap with over two thousand shacks, each housing a prostitute. They call them 'sex workers' and every day they momentarily satiate the ardor of about three thousand men.

Born and raised in a little village in the Italian Alps, now based in Barcelona, Mauro already felt from young age the desire to tell. He discovered that the camera was the right tool for him, the eye through which he could speak to the world. An instrument that began to walk by his side towards a long journey of discovery. “Although it is difficult to express, I think that the photograph represents my way of speaking and what I try to do through my language is to capture the sense of what I breathe and touch with my hands. Not only in appearance but also, and especially, in the essence".