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Finalist 2009

Giancarlo Ceraudo

Chagas, the silent disease


Chagas disease is directly related to poverty and social, economic, and political exclusion. Despite the numbers, it remains largely unnoticed: invisible because people can carry the disease for years without showing clear symptoms; silent, because of the risk of social exclusion and unemployment; invisible, because often a simple blood test is too expensive to pay for; unnoticed by the pharmaceutical industry because of lack of economic interest, and ignored by governments because of its low political importance. Infected persons, generally uneducated, live in crumbling mud houses with straw roofs – a favorite home of the vinchuca.


Giancarlo Ceraudo (1969 – Rome, Italy) is a documentary photographer. For more than fifteen years he has been documenting social, cultural, health and human rights issues with a focus on Latin America. Giancarlo has an academic background in anthropology and has worked in Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe.

His most ambitious and personally rewarding work is Destino Final, an investigative and photojournalistic project that uncovers the crimes committed by the armed forces during the Argentinian dictatorship.

Since 2008 he has also been working on a long-term project documenting changes in Cuba since the passage of power to Raul Castro.

Giancarlo’s work has been widely published in Italian and international publications including L’Espresso, Internazionale, El País, GEO, Sunday Times Magazine, New Yorker, Liberation, National Geographic, El País, GEO, Vrij Nederland, Polka Magazine, 6 Mois.

His images are part of the collection of the MAXXI (National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome) and have been exhibited in galleries throughout Italy, Spain, France, and the United States. He has been represented by the agencies GRAZIA NERI and NOOR.