Theloggingroad, The Netherlands

L'Oeil de la photographie, France

Elizabeth Avedon, Usa

Photo-Eye, Usa

TIME Magazine Lightbox, Usa

The New York Times, Usa

Roberto Saviano, Italy

Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, UK

The Telegraph, UK

Jim Goldberg, Usa

HuffPost, Usa

Guggenheim Foundation, Usa

Marc Prüst, France

TIME Magazine Lightbox, Usa

Newsweek, Usa

Le Monde, France

Flatland Gallery, Holland

RTVE, Spain (vid.)

Little Brown Mushroom, Usa

A Photo Editor, Usa

L'Oeil de la Photographie, France

International Center of Photography, Usa

American Suburb X, Usa (vid)

Photobibliophile, UK (vid)

Little Brown Mushrooms, Usa

Fotodok, Holland

Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy

TIME Magazine Lightbox, Usa

EyeCurious, Usa

Photobookstore, UK (vid)

Kummer & Herrman, Holland

Wikipedia, Usa

Lens Culture, Usa

Internazionale, Italy

ArtTribune, Italy

Lightwork, Usa

ArtDiscover, Usa

World Photography Organization, Usa

Burn Magazine, Usa

PDN, Usa

El Pais, Spain

Glam, Germany

The best dutch book designs, Holland

PhilaPhotoArts, Usa

The Photographers' Gallery, UK

Rtve, Spain (vid)

Neo2, Spain

Repubblica, Italy

KasselFotobookFestival, Germany

The Alternative, India

Cca, Usa

Efti, Spain (vid)

Slate, Usa

PDN, Usa

One year of books, Usa

PhotoArts, Usa

Fotodoks, Germany

San Francisco Gate, Usa

Photographic Museum of Humanity, Argentina

Le Bal, France

Toni Thorimbert, Italy

Me Studio, Holland

The Camorra is the Neapolitan Mafia, whose name was transliterated to Gomorrah for the well-known 2008 film by Matteo Garrone, and also for Valerio Spada’s book about the decaying neighbourhood of Scampia in Naples. Gomorrah Girl is a two-part, multi-level book, firstly about a crime and then about the social conditions in a city slum in which the Mafia is all pervasive and exploitative.


The crime was the death of the fourteen-year-old Annalisa Durante, who was caught in the crossfire of a Camorra-related shoot-out. Spada takes scans of the police report on the event: crime-scene photographs ballistic analysis and so on. There is a portrait of the victim’s background in the second edition of the book, which is on a different paper size, interleaved between the pages of police evidence.
This second edition concentrates upon social conditions in Scampia, and mainly upon the ‘Gomorrah’ girls, young women who are forced by poverty and crime to grow up before their time. Some of them end up as prostitutes working for the Mafia, some become addicts on drugs supplied by the Mafia and some become mothers at fourteen – or all three.
Spada’s book – self-published, stapled together, a brilliant combination of the rough-hewn with the exquisite – is a memorial for a dead girl, a cri de coeur for vulnerable young women and a penetrating examination of the social ills resulting from a corrupt and rotten political system.

Martin Parr / Gerry Badger

The Photobook: A History, Vol.III - Phaidon

RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

2014 

Gomorrah Girl featured in “A History of PhotoBook, Volume III, featuring best books ever published after World War II, by Gerry Badger and Martin Parr”

DAZ BANK Art Foyer Top 5 Artists 2014 DZ-Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2013 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Creative Arts, Photography The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation will support until 2014 the ongoing project on Sicily. The project is about adolescence, crime, religion and death in western Sicily and about the newest mafia which rules without showing its real face and a 17-year-old girl who has never met her father, fugitive from law since 1993 and now the most dangerous criminal in Europe.

2012 Kassel PhotoBook Festival 2012, Le Bal Museum, Paris, France (Germany/France), 2 nominations as Best Book of the Year by Jim Goldberg and Kummer & Hermann Premio Ponchielli 2012, ItalyHonorable mention for courageous civil testimony in a land afflicted by CamorrahBest Verzorgde Boeken 2012, (Holland), Honorable Mention as Best Book of the Year in the WorldResident Artist, LightWork, Syracuse University, NY (USA)

2011 Best Artist of 2011, Albert Renger-Patzsch Award 2012, (Germany)
Nominated by Ulrich Polmann, Director of Photography Museum Münchner StädtMuseum, Munich, Germany
 PBN Photography Book Now 2011, Grand Prize Winner, New York, (USA)
 Best Project of the Year, Winner
FOTOGRAFIA, Festival della Fotografia 2011, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, (Italy)Top 20 Photobooks of 2011 by Alec Soth, Little Brown Mushrooms, (USA)
Top 10 Best Books of the Year by Rémy Coignet, Le Monde, (France)
 Top 10 Best Books of the Year by Joerg Colberg, Conscientious, (USA) Top 10 Best Books of the Year by Rob Honstra, (Holland)
4 Nominations as Best Book of the Year by Horacio Fernandez, John Gossage, Darius Himes, Gerry Badger, Photo Eye Best Books of 2011, Santa Fe, (USA)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Gomorrah Girl

2013 Galeria Cero, Madrid, Spain


2012 PPAC Phila Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA USA

Galleria Argentica, Ravenna, Italy

2011 Flatland Gallery, Utrecht, Holland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 DAZ BANK Art Foyer Exhibition Private Exhibition atDZ-Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2013 Artissima, Torino, Italy The Others Fair, Torino, Italy A survey of documentary styles in early 21st century photobooks, Columbia Center for Arts & Paper, Chicago

2013 Photoville, New York City, Curated by Darius Himes and Larissa Leclair

2012 FotoBook Festival Best Book of the Year, Le Bal Museum, Paris (France) The Best Book Design Award 2012, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, (Holland)

2011 Incredible-Unglaublich, Münchner StådtMuseum, Munich, (Germany) MAFIA/S – ImageSinguliéres, Séte (France) Fotografia Roma, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, (Italy) Outskirts, Palazzo Poli, Calcografia, Roma, (Italy)
 Oh my Books 2011, Arles, France

2007 PragueBiennale3, Prague, Czech Republique 2005 Flash Art Fair, Milan, Italy

INTERVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

2014

Best Books for Spring/Summer 2014, TIME Magazine, USA

Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Internazionale, Italy

Brunamonti, Filippo. A haunting look at the italian mafia, HuffPost USA, USA

The New York Times International, Page 2, Photography, on Gomorrah Girl 3rd edition release, June 2014, USA

2013

Álonso, Jesus. Valerio Spada, Gomorrah Girl at Galeria Cero. TV Interview for La Aventura del Saber, TVE2, Spain, Feb 2013

Lorenzo, Áurea. Valerio Spada, Gomorrah Girl, TV Interview for TeleDiario on TVE1,
Feb 2013


Segura Albert, Luisa. Hacerse mayor conviviendo con la Camorra, RTVE, Spain, Feb 2013

Garcia, Angelez. Napolitanas que crecen entre la Camorra, El Pais, Spain, Feb 2013

Trenas, Mila. Valerio Spada retrata la camorra a través de las adolescentes de Forcella, EFE El Confidencial, Spain, Feb 2013

Vasconcellos, E.. Retrato feminino de la Camorra, El Mundo, Spain, Feb 2013

Garcia, Angelez. Ninas entre la Camorra, El Pais, Feb 2013


Ortega, Pilar. Ritrato (femenino) de la camorra, Metropoli, Spain, Feb 2013

Gomorrah Girl de Valerio Spada, Neo2, Spain, Feb 2013

Calabrese, Magda. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, TV Interview, Report Madrid TV, Spain, Feb 2013


Castellot, A.. Gomorrah Girl de Valerio Spada, TV Interview for Telediario, Cuatro TV, Spain, Feb 2013

2012

Leinen, Lisa. Berlusconis Vermachtnis, Interview with Valerio Spada, Fraulen Magazine, Germany, Feb 2012

Ladd, Jeffrey. On Gomorrah Girl with Syb, The Photobook Review, Issue One, Aperture Foundation, USA, Jan 2012

Posdziech, Laura. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada interview Zoo Magazine,
Germany, March 2012


Yue, Geng. On the strees in Naples, Valerio Spada interview, Lens Magazine, China

Feb 2012 Evtushenko, Yan. Valerio Spada interview on Gomorrah Girl,
Hoolingan Magazine, Russia, May 2012


Cheung, SGH. Valerio Spada – Peanut Butter Thoughts, United Kingdom, Jan 2012


Rickard, Doug, Himes, Darius. Gomorrah Girl, ASX, American Suburb X, USA, Jan 2012

2011

Moakley, Paul. Gomorrah Girl: Best in Show, TIME Magazine, USA, Sept 2011


IMSO, The land of the Camorrah, Five Award-Winning Photobooks 2011, IMSO, USA,
Dec 2011


Soth, Alec. This is going to piss some people off..., Little Brown Mushroom, USA, Dec 2011

Gomorrah Girl, 2nd edition, Photo Eye, Curated Selection, Santa Fe, USA, Dec 2011


Ladd, Jeffrey. Gomorrah Girl, One book, 365 days - 5B4 Photography, USA, July 2011

Himes, Darius. PBN 2011 Winner: Gomorrah Girl, video, PBN 2011
San Francisco, CA, USA, Sept 2011


Gomorrah Girl, weekly Best Sellers top 10, Photo Eye, Santa Fe, USA, Sept 2011


Bilko, Elisa. Valerio Spada on his book Gomorrah Girl, Glam Magazine, Germany, Oct 2011

Smallenburg, Sandra. Smartlappen zingen voor de plaastelijke maffia,
5 stars on 5, exhibition review, NRC, Cultureel Supplement, Holland, Oct 2011


Leven in een maffia wijk, Volkskrant Magazine, cover on Culture Section, Holland, Oct 2011

Alan Harvey, David, Valerio Spada, Gomorrah Girl, Burn Magazine, USA, Dec 2011

Colberg, Joerg. Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada, Conscientious, USA, Apr 2011


Coignet, Rémy. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Le Monde, France, March 2011


Mutti, Roberto. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, La Repubblica, Italia, March 2011


Pelloso, Giovanni. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Corriere della Sera, Italia,
March 2011


Hartmann, Thomas V. Valerio Spada video interview, Stated Mag, USA, September 2011

Vecten, Laurence. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, One year of books, France, Nov 2011

Baan, Joachim. Gomorrah Girl – Valerio Spada, Another Something, Holland,
Oct 2011


Vitelli, Cosmo. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Richardson Magazine, USA, March 2011

Soth, Alec. Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Little Brown Mushroom, USA, March 2011


Sete, ImagesSinguliéres, the program, La Lettre de la Photographie, France, July 2011


The outskirts of the world by 11 photographers, La Lettre de la Photographie,
France, June 2011


Feustel, Marc. Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada, Eyecurious, France, Apr 2011



Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada, Esquire, Russia, March 2011


LECTURES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, ARTIST TALKS

2014

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, March 2014

2013

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Usa, on Jim Golbderg invitation, Sept 2013

Ramapo Liberal Arts College, New jersey, Usa, Sept 2013

Galeria Cero, Madrid, Spain , On the process of creativity with Valerio Spada, Jan 2013

2012

Magnum Lugano Photo Days, Lugano, Switzerland, Valerio Spada on selfpublishing, Sept 2012

Visual Studies Workshops Photo-Bookworks Symposium, Rochester, NY, USA,
June 2012


PhotoShow Roma 2012, Corso con Valerio Spada, Roma, Italia, Apr 2012

2011

Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Gestalten Space, Berlin, Germany, Sept 2011


Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Le Bal, Paris, France, Nov 2011


Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, The Netherlands FotoMuseum, Rotterdam, Holland, Oct 2011

Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, USA, Sept 2011


The future of the photography and newspapers, Panel discussion at Münchner StädtMuseum, Sept 2011, Munich, Germany, Oct 2011


Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Parsons School of Arts and Design, Paris, France, Oct 2011

Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Temple University, Tyler School of the Arts,
Philadelphia, PA, USA, Sept 2011


Valerio Spada wins 2011 Photography Book Now Grand Prize, PDN Photo District News, USA, Sept 2011


Gomorrah Girl, recommended section by Dashwood Books, New York, NY, USA, Apr 2011

Valerio Spada//Gomorrah Girl, 25books, Germany, Apr 2011


Valerio Spada interviewed by Giovanni Pelloso, Corriere della Sera, Area Pergolesi,
Milan, Italy, Apr 2011


Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, Le Bal, Paris, France, March 2011


Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada, book launch by Alex Majoli, Magnum Photos,
MiCamera, Milan, Italia, March 2011

COLLECTIONS

George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY (USA)

ICP International Center of Photography, New York, (USA)


IPL Indipendent Photobook Library, New York, (USA)

Massachusetts College of Art Photography Department, (USA)

LightWork, Syracuse University, NY, (USA)

DZ BANK Art Foyer Private Exhibition, DZ-Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt/Main, (Germany)

Columbia Center for Arts & Paper, Chicago, (USA)

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, (USA)

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, (USA)