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Finalist 2006

Giovanni Marrozzini

The bride’s price


Female genital mutilation/cutting is a form of violence that affects nearly two million girls every year. The age of the victims generally ranges from four to twelve years old. Mutilation is a blatant violation of the right to an intact body. In many parts of Africa, women who have not been cut are considered impure and of low social class. More than 90 per cent of Ethiopian women have undergone FGM/C, which is seen as a rite of passage or purification into adulthood and is practised to consciously suppress sexual pleasure.


Giovanni Marrozzini (Fermo, Italy, 1971). As a freelance photographer, he has produced reportages in Africa (Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia) on behalf of several volunteers associations. His job continues in Argentina, with a photographic project on poor regions in the country. He also carried on a project to examine the Italian immigration phenomena in South America.

In 2006 Marrozzini publishes a reportage on the conditions of women in Wolayta (Ethiopia) facing the thorny issue of female genital mutilation. From this work, the book Eve is published by Damiani Editore. In the same year, he receives the Best Author prize of the Epson Portfolio Italia for Hotel Argentina. In 2007, he wins the first prize in the Orvieto Professional Photography Award.